The Elements of Expression: Putting Thoughts into Words

The Elements of Expression Putting Thoughts into Words More than ever in this completely updated edition The Elements of Expression helps word users light up the cosmos or the written page or the face across the table as they seek the radiance of express

  • Title: The Elements of Expression: Putting Thoughts into Words
  • Author: Arthur Plotnik Jessica Morell
  • ISBN: 9781936740147
  • Page: 392
  • Format: Paperback
  • More than ever in this completely updated edition, The Elements of Expression helps word users light up the cosmos or the written page or the face across the table as they seek the radiance of expressiveness the vivid expression of thoughts, feelings, and observations.Nothing kills radiance like the murky, generic language dominating today s talk, airwaves, and posts ItMore than ever in this completely updated edition, The Elements of Expression helps word users light up the cosmos or the written page or the face across the table as they seek the radiance of expressiveness the vivid expression of thoughts, feelings, and observations.Nothing kills radiance like the murky, generic language dominating today s talk, airwaves, and posts It tugs at our every sentence, but using it to express anything beyond the ordinary is like flapping the tongue to escape gravity The Elements of Expression offers an adventurous and inspiring flight into words that truly share what s percolating in our minds Here listeners will discover language to convey precise feelings, move audiences, delight and persuade.No snob or scold, the acclaimed word maven Arthur Plotnik explores the full range of expressiveness, from playful tough talk to finely wrought literature, with hundreds of rousing examples Confessing that we are all like a squid in its ink when first groping for luminous expression, he shines his amiable wit on the elements leading, ultimately, to language of fissionable intensity.

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    1. What a surprise. This is no grammar manual or pedantic textbook. This book is fun! It's economically packed with information, advise and examples, and his commentary is to the point and often hilarious. There is no rambling, fluff, or coma-inducing preambles. A great investment in terms of time for anyone who writes regularly in any capacity, or even anyone who just enjoys reading and language. This book was on some must-read list somewhere thus made it onto my to-read list; I can't even remembe [...]

    2. I loved Plotnik's other book about words, Better Than Great: A Plenitudinous Compendium of Wallopingly Fresh Superlatives, and The Elements of Expression is written in the same witty, conversational style. Plotnik's intelligence and logophilia is evident on every page. I am writer, and like many writers I know I have a whole shelf of books about how to write, how to improve my writing and writing style, how to get published, etc, that I've only glanced through but never read. I decided to give E [...]

    3. I want my time back. I bought this book as an instruction guide to better express myself in both written and verbal communication. What I got was diatribe by the author of how we (English speakers ) fail to use the words proper in our attempts to communication with each other. The author also wasted a portion of the book using the words f**k and sh*t to the point where the phrase “Beating a dead horse” is inconsequential by comparison.As to being a guide all the author did was tell the reade [...]

    4. Elements of Expression isn't a writing guide per se - within this guide you can find advice on public speaking, letter writing, and undulling your conversation. Despite this broad focus I found this book to be the most helpful thing I've read on writing this year. I will confess at times I got lost on what point Plotnik was trying to make, but I didn't care because his writing is so enjoyable.

    5. What was I supposed to get out of this book? The generic advice provided no revelations or insights. I did leave with one thing: a small list of titles to add to my good reads list, taken from quoted passages of other books used as examples of strong literature. The suggested reading at the end might also prove to be more useful than the work which prefaces it, as anyone knows that these days it can be difficult to select gems from the glut of google results. His excerpts spoke at least for good [...]

    6. In a crowded world the fittest individuals may be those who communicate successfully with the broadest range of human beings, whether to sell something, instill fear, or make babies.This book didn't feel new - perhaps because I've read The Elements of Eloquence: How to Turn the Perfect English Phrase and The Elements of Story: Field Notes on Nonfiction Writing. It covers a lot of the same ground, i.e.:1. Gasping for Words: i.e. avoiding stock phrases2. Standard English: how standardised English [...]

    7. Elequent expression is an art. If you want to understand how to capture an audience, please do yourself a favor and read this book.

    8. I read this book very slowly, although it could be something one could get through much quicker. It’s the type of book I would never finish, although I did gain something out of it, I hope! The author is witty and has great suggestions for improving one’s language. I would encourage anyone who wants to write or speak better to read it. One chapter is about speaking, as in giving a talk or lecture. Of course you’ll find great language in here, in a book about words: interesting sentences, g [...]

    9. Entertaining. Voluminous. Impressive. Imagine if a dictionary and thesaurus got married, then decided to narrate their own memoirs. Marvellous!I wasn't particularly enthralled with some of the drier parts, sprinkled here and there, but overall I'm grateful to have read it. (Listened, rather, since it was the audiobook.) Worth a try.Favourite quotes:"The more complex our experience, the more we yearn to unravel it in words. The more generic our lives, the more we yearn to express our individualit [...]

    10. Useful nuggets of wisdom tossed throughout the book. Some very good points. Things to mull on while expressing. Maybe I should afford it more stars. Maybe not. It wasn't a thriller. It wasn't engaging. It was an interesting reference book, more interesting than most. And useful for those that contemplate expression. Unfortunately, very few of Plotnik's comments of advice have stayed with me in the month or so that it has been since my completion of the book. But maybe one or two useful ones. And [...]

    11. This is an update of a book first released in 1996. It manages to be both instructive and highly readable, though I went through it pretty slowly thanks to a constant urge to copy bits and pieces down into the list of fun words I keep in my writing notebook. Everyone who writes or speaks or just likes language should read it.

    12. This book is witty and artfully crafted. It talks about the bones of the English language, and its flourishes. All in all, it covers a great deal of ground (including expression in public speech). Plotnik tackles cliches, worn phrases, limp figures of speech, and more. It suggests places to find new, fresh words and terms, which is helpful. It's a fun, light read.

    13. Nothing to fear here. This is not a grammar book, stuffed with rules and death threats for breaking those rules. Still, Plotnik lands punch after punch, waking the reader to pursue expression over mining the already stripped caverns of diatribe common in communication.

    14. There is much we can all learn from this book. Inspirational at the very least and valuable suggestions can be found in it. Makes me want to increase the number of different words I use.

    15. A great reminder to choose good words. No, wait—A vital push to select the mot juste. No wait—I need more practice.

    16. Examines every element of expression with detail and edge.Warning: Definitely a lot of adult language in the sections where that element of expression is explored.

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