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Plain English Sayings By Jeff Deck: We speak, and write, in one of the most diverse, gloriously ecumenical tongues on the We speak, and write, in one of the most diverse, gloriously ecumenical tongues on the planet. In English, there is a word or phrase for pretty much anything we want to say, and if there isn't, we make it up, and it is welcomed into the family. We can express ourselves as complexly or as simply as we like. We can be magniloquent didacts, or we can talk plain. — Jeff Deck
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Plain English Sayings By Tony Hendra: The spiritual muscles I hadn't used for decades began to acquire some tone, and since The spiritual muscles I hadn't used for decades began to acquire some tone, and since they were Catholic muscles too, it was natural to look for a church to work out in.

It was hard. Appalling though the predations exacted on the monastic liturgy were, they were nothing compared to the desecration exacted on the secular. Latin was gone entirely, replaced by dull, oppressive, anchorman English, slavishly translated from its sonorous source to be as plain and "direct" as possible. It didn't seem to have occurred to the well-meaning vandals who'd thrown out baby, bath, and bathwater that all ritual is a reaching out to the unknowable and can be accomplished only by the noncognitive: evocation, allusion, metaphor, incantation - the tools of the poet. — Tony Hendra
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Plain English Sayings By Sherrilyn Kenyon: Be that as it may, we do need you in particular to complete this assignment. Be that as it may, we do need you in particular to complete this assignment. (Syd)
What is it with you government assholes that you just can't say anything in plain English? You always have to beat around the bush and use euphemisms or fucked-up acronyms for everything. (Steele)
Fine. We need you to kill an assassin before he executes his target. Either you eat the bear, or the bear eats you, Mr. Steele. Or, to humor you, in plain English- you find and kill the assassin, or we kill you. End of story. (Syd) — Sherrilyn Kenyon
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Plain English Sayings By Henry Fielding: One of the maxims which the devil, in a late visit upon earth, left to One of the maxims which the devil, in a late visit upon earth, left to his disciples, is, when once you are got up, to kick the stool from under you. In plain English, when you have made your fortune by the good offices of a friend, you are advised to discard him as soon as you can. — Henry Fielding
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Plain English Sayings By William Strunk Jr.: This book aims to give in brief space the principal requirements of plain English style. This book aims to give in brief space the principal requirements of plain English style. — William Strunk Jr.
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Plain English Sayings By Linda Howard: Oh, Jesus," he said, wheezing with the effort it took to controlhimself. He wiped his Oh, Jesus," he said, wheezing with the effort it took to control
himself. He wiped his eyes with the back of his hand. "You little
innocent. I'm fluent in French, but it isn't my first language." It
was plain by the mortified expression in those green eyes that she
didn't understand, so he explained. "Baby , if I can still think
clearly enough to speak French, then I'm not totally involved in
what I'm doing. It may sound pretty , but it doesn't mean
any thing. Men are different from women; the more excited we are,
the more like cavemen we sound. I could barely speak English with
you, much less French. As I remember, my vocabulary
deteriorated to a few short, explicit words, 'fuck' being the most
prominent."
To his amazement, she blushed, and he smiled at this further
evidence of her charming prudery. "Go to sleep," he said gently.
"Lindsey didn't even rate a replay. — Linda Howard
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Plain English Sayings By Dorothy L. Sayers: A passage is not plain English - still less is it good English - if A passage is not plain English - still less is it good English - if we are obliged to read it twice to find out what it means. — Dorothy L. Sayers
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Plain English Sayings By Irin Carmon: If my opinion runs more than twenty pages," she said, "I am disturbed that I If my opinion runs more than twenty pages," she said, "I am disturbed that I couldn't do it shorter." The mantra in her chambers is "Get it right and keep it tight." She disdains legal Latin, and demands extra clarity in an opinion's opening lines, which she hopes the public will understand. "If you can say it in plain English, you should," RBG says. Going through "innumerable drafts," the goal is to write an opinion where no sentence should need to be read twice. "I think that law should be a literary profession," RBG says, "and the best legal practitioners regard law as an art as well as a craft. — Irin Carmon
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Plain English Sayings By Kiese Laymon: Really, we're fighting because she raised me to never forget I was born on parole, Really, we're fighting because she raised me to never forget I was born on parole, which means no black hoodies in wrong neighborhoods, no jogging at night, hands in plain sight at all times in public, no intimate relationships with white women, never driving over the speed limit or doing those rolling stops at stop signs, always speaking the King's English in the presence of white folks, never being outperformed in school or in public by white students, and, most importantly, always remembering that no matter what, the worst of white folks will do anything to get you. — Kiese Laymon
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Plain English Sayings By Richard C. Wydick: We lawyers do not write plain English. We use eight words to say what could We lawyers do not write plain English. We use eight words to say what could be said in two. We use arcane phrases to express commonplace ideas. Seeking to be precise, we become redundant. Seeking to be cautious, we become verbose. Our sentences twist on, phrase within clause within clause, glazing the eyes and numbing the minds of our readers. The result is a writing style that has, according to one critic, four outstanding characteristics. It is (1) wordy, (2) unclear, (3) pompous, and (4) dull. — Richard C. Wydick
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Plain English Sayings By Seb Rose: Cucumber gives the business, developers, and testers a way to collaborate and specify, in plain Cucumber gives the business, developers, and testers a way to collaborate and specify, in plain English, how the system should work. — Seb Rose
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Plain English Sayings By Samuel Taylor Coleridge: You appear to me not to have understood the nature of my body & mind. You appear to me not to have understood the nature of my body & mind. Partly from ill-health, & partly from an unhealthy & reverie-like vividness of Thoughts, & (pardon the pedantry of the phrase) a diminished Impressibility from Things, my ideas, wishes, & feelings are to a diseased degree disconnected from motion & action. In plain and natural English, I am a dreaming & therefore an indolent man. I am a Starling self-incaged, & always in the Moult, & my whole Note is, Tomorrow, & tomorrow, & tomorrow. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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Plain English Sayings By Renee Ellmers: The terrorists haven't won, and we should tell them in plain English, 'No, there will The terrorists haven't won, and we should tell them in plain English, 'No, there will never be a mosque at Ground Zero.' — Renee Ellmers
Plain English Sayings By Oliver Lodge: Men of Science would do well to talk plain English. The most abstruse questions can Men of Science would do well to talk plain English. The most abstruse questions can very well be discussed in our own tongue ... I make a particular appeal to the botanists, who appear to delight in troublesome words. — Oliver Lodge
Plain English Sayings By Sylvia Plath: I didn't know shorthand either. This meant I couldn't get a good job after college. I didn't know shorthand either. This meant I couldn't get a good job after college. My mother kept telling me nobody wanted a plain English major. But an English major who knew shorthand would be something else again. Everybody would want her. She would be in demand among all the up-and-coming young men and she would transcribe letter after thrilling letter. The trouble was, I hated the idea of serving men in any way. I wanted to dictate my own thrilling letters. — Sylvia Plath
Plain English Sayings By Samuel Richardson: The English, the plain English, of the politest address of a gentleman to a lady The English, the plain English, of the politest address of a gentleman to a lady is, I am now, dear Madam, your humble servant: Pray be so good as to let me be your Lord and Master. — Samuel Richardson
Plain English Sayings By Christopher Monckton, 3rd Viscount Monckton Of Brenchley: Communists, socialists and fascists everywhere, from Mr. Obama upward, have taken to the global warming Communists, socialists and fascists everywhere, from Mr. Obama upward, have taken to the global warming cause like a quack to colored water. Just about every word they utter on this subject is a falsehood calculated to deceive, or in plain English a lie. — Christopher Monckton, 3rd Viscount Monckton Of Brenchley
Plain English Sayings By Donna Jo Napoli: A massive and brilliant accomplishmentthe first English translation of the original Grimm brothers' fairy tales. A massive and brilliant accomplishment
the first English translation of the original Grimm brothers' fairy tales. The plain telling is that much more forceful for its simplicity and directness, particularly in scenes of naked self-concern and brutality. Hate, spite, love, magic, all self-evident, heartbreaking, delightful. I will return to this book over and over, no doubt about it. — Donna Jo Napoli
Plain English Sayings By William Strunk Jr.: This book is intended for use in English courses in which the practice of composition This book is intended for use in English courses in which the practice of composition is combined with the study of literature. It aims to give in a brief space the principal requirements of plain English style. It aims to lighten the task of instructor and student by concentrating attention (in Chapters II and III) on a few essentials, the rules of usage and principles of composition most commonly violated. The numbers of the sections may be used as references in correcting manuscript. — William Strunk Jr.
Plain English Sayings By Eric Liu: What does purpose mean? It means the deepest desire for our short lives to mean What does purpose mean? It means the deepest desire for our short lives to mean something ... To speak a language of purpose is to return to first principles and to be able to answer, in plain English, the plain questions of Why? Why should we chip in to help someone else? Why should we defer gratification? Why should we care about the long term? Why should we trust anyone who seems to be limiting our ability to do what we want? — Eric Liu
Plain English Sayings By Margaret Thatcher: It is no exaggeration to describe plain English as a fundamental tool of government. It is no exaggeration to describe plain English as a fundamental tool of government. — Margaret Thatcher
Plain English Sayings By Lauren Myracle: Yes, that man acted ugly," she told us in plain English. "But throwing more ugliness Yes, that man acted ugly," she told us in plain English. "But throwing more ugliness back at him ain't the answer. — Lauren Myracle
Plain English Sayings By Camille Paglia: The North American intellectual tradition began, I maintain, in the encounter of British Romanticism with The North American intellectual tradition began, I maintain, in the encounter of British Romanticism with assertive, pragmatic North American English - the Protestant plain style in both the U.S. and Canada, with its no-nonsense Scottish immigrants. — Camille Paglia
Plain English Sayings By Patricia Schroeder: Taxing Women is a must-have primer for any woman who wants to understand how our Taxing Women is a must-have primer for any woman who wants to understand how our current tax system affects her family's economic condition. In plain English, McCaffery explains how the tax code stacks the deck against women and why it's in women's economic interest to lead the next great tax rebellion. — Patricia Schroeder
Plain English Sayings By Alan Siegel: Our government should speak a common language with the American people - plain English. Our government should speak a common language with the American people - plain English. — Alan Siegel
Plain English Sayings By Harry Browne: The Constitution isn't written in Chinese, Swahili or Sanskrit. It's in plain English. The Constitution isn't written in Chinese, Swahili or Sanskrit. It's in plain English. — Harry Browne
Plain English Sayings By Mark Forsyth: Above all, I hope I have dispelled the bleak and imbecilic idea that the aim Above all, I hope I have dispelled the bleak and imbecilic idea that the aim of writing is to express yourself clearly in plain, simple English using as few words as possible. This is a fiction, a fib, a fallacy, a fantasy, and a falsehood. To write for mere utility is as foolish as to dress for mere utility ... Clothes and language can be things of beauty, I would no more write without art because I didn't need to than I would wander outdoors naked just because it was warm enough. — Mark Forsyth
Plain English Sayings By Bryan A. Garner: A word about 'plain English.' The phrase certainly shouldn't connote drab and dreary language. Actually, A word about 'plain English.' The phrase certainly shouldn't connote drab and dreary language. Actually, plain English is typically quite interesting to read. It's robust and direct-the opposite of gaudy, pretentious language. You achieve plain English when you use the simplest, most straightforward way of expressing an idea. You can still choose interesting words. But you'll avoid fancy ones that have everyday replacements meaning precisely the same thing. — Bryan A. Garner
Plain English Sayings By Jean Little: While he has not, in my hearing, spoken the English language, he makes it perfectly While he has not, in my hearing, spoken the English language, he makes it perfectly plain that he understands it. And he uses his ears, tail, eyebrows, various rumbles and grunts, the slant of his great cold nose or a succession of heartrending sighs to get his meaning across. — Jean Little
Plain English Sayings By Roger Ebert: Jane Austen wrote six of the most beloved novels in the English language, we are Jane Austen wrote six of the most beloved novels in the English language, we are informed at the end of Becoming Jane, and so she did. The key word is beloved. Her admirers do not analyze her books so much as they just plain love them to pieces. — Roger Ebert
Plain English Sayings By Charles Kingsley: Mathematical knowledge is not-as all Cambridge men are surely aware-the result of any special gift. Mathematical knowledge is not-as all Cambridge men are surely aware-the result of any special gift. It is merely the development of those conceptions of form and number which every human being possesses; and any person of average intellect can make himself a fair mathematician if he will only pay continuous attention; in plain English, think enough about the subject. — Charles Kingsley
Plain English Sayings By George Eliot: Can anything be more disgusting than to hear people called 'educated' making small jokes about Can anything be more disgusting than to hear people called 'educated' making small jokes about eating ham, and showing themselves empty of any real knowledge as to the relation of their own social and religious life to the history of the people they think themselves witty in insulting? [ ... ] The best thing that can be said of it is, that it is a sign of the intellectual narrowness - in plain English, the stupidity which is still the average mark of our culture. — George Eliot
Plain English Sayings By Gerard Way: Curiously I was unmoved by my work. Unaffected by the act of murder, I had Curiously I was unmoved by my work. Unaffected by the act of murder, I had become entirely numb. I couldn't understand how such detachment was possible-- but I did some digging.

What I discovered would have horrified me... if I was capable of being horrified. My augmentation had included the binding of my DNA to some of history's most notorious assassins.

Are you not getting this? I'll say it in plain English--- I am the perfect killer in every sense of the word--- ---because--- ---I--- ---am--- ---every--- killer.

I'm the act of change possessed in a revolver. I am revolution packed into a suitcase bomb.

I am ever Mark David Chapman and every Charlotte Corday. I am Luigi Lucheni slow-dancing with Balthasar to the tune of semi-automatics, while Gavrilo Princip masturbates in the corner with bath-tub napalm. I am all of them and so much more... because I am going to live forever." Number Five — Gerard Way
Plain English Sayings By Benjamin Graham: Among the things that should make your antennae twitch are technical terms like "capitalized," "deferred," Among the things that should make your antennae twitch are technical terms like "capitalized," "deferred," and "restructuring" - and plain-English words signaling that the company has altered its accounting practices, like "began," "change," and — Benjamin Graham
Plain English Sayings By James Patterson: Mike, you ready? he said. The coliseum-like, bowl-shaped CompStat conference room behind him was a Mike, you ready? he said. The coliseum-like, bowl-shaped CompStat conference room behind him was a pen pusher's paradise, I knew. It was a place where innovative computer-model formats were used to illuminate detailed processes that were compared for effectiveness of indices of performance before implementations of flexible tactics to achieve the development of comprehensive solutions were discussed in a team-building environment. In plain English, it was a bureaucratic version of hell on earth. — James Patterson
Plain English Sayings By Larry Rosenberg: Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness is the perfect companion to Mindfulness in Plain English. Written Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness is the perfect companion to Mindfulness in Plain English. Written with the thoroughness and the masterful simplicity so characteristic of his teaching, Bhante Gunaratana presents essential guidelines for turning the Buddha's teachings on the Eightfold Path into living wisdom. — Larry Rosenberg
Plain English Sayings By Sam Wineburg: As historical texts become rich and conceptually dense, readers may slow down not because they As historical texts become rich and conceptually dense, readers may slow down not because they fail to comprehend, but because the very act of comprehension demands that they stop to TALK with their texts. In plain English, they pretend to deliberate with others by talking to themselves. — Sam Wineburg
Plain English Sayings By Jodi Picoult: I'm not going to fit into that English courtroom. I'm going to stand out, with I'm not going to fit into that English courtroom. I'm going to stand out, with how I dress, and how I think, because I'm not English. I don't know about murder and witness and juries, but I do know how to fix things in my life when they're messed up. If you make a mistake and repent, you're forgiven. You're welcomed back. If you lie, and keep lying, there won't be a place for you. -Katie, Plain Truth — Jodi Picoult
Plain English Sayings By William Strunk Jr.: It is an old observation that the best writers sometimes disregard the rules of rhetoric. It is an old observation that the best writers sometimes disregard the rules of rhetoric. When they do so, however, the reader will usually find in the sentence some compensating merit, attained at the cost of the violation. Unless he is certain of doing as well, he will probably do best to follow the rules. After he has learned, by their guidance, to write plain English adequate for everyday uses, let him look, for the secrets of style, to the study of the masters of literature. — William Strunk Jr.
Plain English Sayings By E. M. Forster: How fortunate that it was an 'unconventional' party, where formalities are ruled out! On this How fortunate that it was an 'unconventional' party, where formalities are ruled out! On this basis Aziz found the English ladies easy to talk to, he treated them like men. Beauty would have troubled him, but Mrs Moore was so old and Miss Quested so plain that he was spared this anxiety. — E. M. Forster
Plain English Sayings By Virginia Woolf: Now," she said when all was ready and lit the silver sconces on either side Now," she said when all was ready and lit the silver sconces on either side of the mirror. What woman would not have kindled to see what Orlando saw then burning in the snow
for all about the looking glass were snowy lawns, and she was like a fire, a burning bush, and the candle flames about her head were silver leaves; or again, the glass was green water, and she a mermaid, slung with pearls, a siren in a cave, singing so that oarsmen leant from their boats and fell down, down to embrace her; so dark, so bright, so hard, so soft, was she, so astonishingly seductive that it was a thousand pities that there was no one there to pt it in plain English, and say outright "Damn it Madam, you are loveliness incarnate," which was the truth. — Virginia Woolf
Plain English Sayings By Bertrand Russell: I am allowed to use plain English because everybody knows that I could use mathematical I am allowed to use plain English because everybody knows that I could use mathematical logic if I chose. — Bertrand Russell
Plain English Sayings By Ben Jonson: [The play] is like to be a very conceited scurvy one, in plain English. [The play] is like to be a very conceited scurvy one, in plain English. — Ben Jonson
Plain English Sayings By Arianna Huffington: What Women's Lib might achieve if their 'consciousness raising' - or in plain English, brainwashing What Women's Lib might achieve if their 'consciousness raising' - or in plain English, brainwashing - campaign succeeds is a society whose members have identical roles but are perpetually at war with themselves; a society of males made neurotic by suppressed masculinity, of females made miserable by having masculine roles thrust upon them that contradict their feminine impulses. — Arianna Huffington