Content Tagged ‘Henry David Thoreau’

The writing life’s mysteries

August 24, 2016 | 14 Comments

William Zinsser on Anglo-Saxon’s glory

February 2, 2010 | One Comment

“The English language is derived from two main sources. One is Latin, the florid language of ancient Rome. The other is Anglo-Saxon, the plain languages of England and northern Europe. The words derived from Latin are the enemy—they will strangle and suffocate everything you write. The Anglo-Saxon words will set you free. “How do those Latin words do their strangling and suffocating? In general they are long, pompous nouns that end in –ion . . . Here’s a typical sentence: …

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