Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Clunky Writing

In a Chronicle Review piece titled "The Elements of Clunk," Ben Yagoda contends that student writing is becoming more awkward, partly because students don't read enough edited and published prose.  Yagoda says his students do realize that certain informal expressions from texting or email are inappropriate for formal writing.  However, when they try to be formal, students end up choosing "length over brevity, [and] ornateness over simplicity." 

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Yagoda says his students do realize that certain informalities of texting or email are inappropriate for formal writing. However, when they try to be formal, students end up choosing "length over brevity, [and] ornateness over simplicity."

Sounds like they'll make great lawyers.

Posted by: Wayne Schiess | Jan 27, 2011 4:46:13 AM

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