Writing and Other Afflictions

"If it was easy, everyone would do it." –Jimmy Dugan, "A League of Their Own"

Express Yourself

Lance Mannion talking about how people use language, saying his usual smart things.

I’ve made this point many times before, I know.   But this is how it works.  Most people are not lawyers or intellectuals.  They are poets.  They don’t use language to create unbreakable contracts or to express complex ideas with precision and nuance.  They use language to express themselves and that mostly means expressing their feelings.  And so they pick their words for how well they match their feelings.  They pick words that sound like their feelings, that feel like their feelings as they’re saying them.  They pick words that conjure up images that look like how they feel or that allow them to see themselves as looking like how they want to look as they are expressing those feelings.

It’s about Rick Perry tossing his (cowboy) hat into the ring, but it’s worth looking at even if you’re not into politics for a view into voice and how people use language to express what they mean without saying what they mean.

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