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Great post.

Once you have the meaning, the words no longer matter.

But, communicating meaning is the struggle we all have. In fact, if we could talk about meaning without having to use words, we'd probably disagree about less stuff.

This reminds us to ask lots of questions and remain humble all the time.

Ah, it's Valeria, tackling the lingo beast yet again. Thank you for getting it into the corral so we can get a good look at it - I know I spend at least half my work hours wrestling with the meaning - the meaning, meaning, meaning, of the words I want to use to help my readers understand why the words are important. Shiver. Yes. Let's use words that work. And let's work on those words. And speaking of work, let me say one thing plainly. I am sick of hearing people say "we will see" in regard to Obama's words. Obama has made it clear that what is going to make things work is citizens willing to do the work. So the only thing "we will see" is what we are actually willing to DO as individuals. It's we can, not he can. One thing we can do is speak and write with great deliberation and clarity. That's a gift, and it's work. Thanks again to Valeria for strong-arming the beast and including us all.

Words... White and Schrunk's "Elements of Style" remains the best guide to writing well. My favorite rule: Omit needless words. Amen.

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