A Wealth of Words
Plain English has its roots in the language spoken by the English 1000 and more years ago. It is a beautiful language which fosters clear thought and speech. It is a language for those who like to say much with few words. Plain English is found in the King James Bible; it is in the works of Jane Austen; it is in the speeches of Abraham Lincoln and Churchill.
The aim of this book is to help readers find plain English words for what they want to say. First it outlines the story of English and then it offers ‘A hundred words to start you off’ (shorten rather than abbreviate, speed up instead of accelerate, drive home rather than emphasize, and so on). In the main part of the book will be found over 10,000 plain English words that are still alive and well, then a list of some 3,600 borrowed words, with suggestions about English words we might use instead. It is hoped that this book will help readers think about the words they use, and in doing so speak and write more clearly.
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