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comment What is the benefit of using formal terms instead of informal ones?
... to declare that two people are now married. Is there hope of abolishing such rituals? My first question is why you would want to. They add richness and meaning to life. I don't know how you could without fundamentally changing human nature. It would certainly be an interesting experiment to raise a group of children and teach them nothing about such rituals, and see if they then proceed happily with a ritual-free life, or if they end up inventing their own rituals.
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comment What is the benefit of using formal terms instead of informal ones?
Is there widespread acceptance of using formal language at weddings and funerals, of clapping for performers, and kissing your girlfriend? Yes, there is very widespread acceptance of all these things. I don't know where you're from. Do you not see such traditions and rituals in your own culture? I'm not a well-traveled person, but I've seen, for example, books and documentaries that discuss wedding rituals in different cultures, and while the details certainly vary, I think you'd be hard pressed to find a culture where the people do not have SOME sort of formal procedure they go through ...
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comment What is the benefit of using formal terms instead of informal ones?
RE why: Hmm, why are formal clothes appropriate in some contexts? Why do we shake hands when we meet someone? Why do we clap our hands at the end of a speech or performance? Why do lovers press their lips together? There are all sorts of little rituals that human beings do that have little or no practical value, but that are understood to express an attitude or emotion. Why do people do this? I don't know, that's just part of what being human is all about.
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comment What is the benefit of using formal terms instead of informal ones?
Basically, yes. I suppose one could quibble about what you mean by "efficiently". If you mean, conveying the desired information in the fewest and the shortest possible words, then sure. Being concise in our speech and writing is certainly a good goal, but it's not the only goal. We also want the meaning to be clear. A fiction writer may deliberately drag out a story to build suspense. If a woman asks her husband if he loves her, "Yeah" might be the most concise response, but she would be much happier if he elaborated or at least rambled for a while. Etc.
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comment What is the benefit of using formal terms instead of informal ones?
... In an ordinary job, if you do well the boss might say, "Hey, good job on the Taylor project, Bob. I'll see if I can get you a bigger raise this year." In the military, there will be an elaborate ceremony where they present him with a piece of cloth and medal to pin to his shirt. It occurred to me at the time that all of that formality is seen as appropriate because these people are risking their lives, and treating it casually would have been seen as massively inappropriate. Ditto weddings and funerals and graduating from college, each in their own way.
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comment What is the benefit of using formal terms instead of informal ones?
It's not that it would make the event less important. It's that people would consider your attitude inappropriate. Have you ever been in the military? I used to be a consultant to the U.S. military. When people are about to go into battle and risk being killed, or captured and tortured, the general doesn't say, "Well, you guys go on out and fight now. Try not to screw up and killed." No, they have layers and layers of formality, from saluting and calling each other by formal titles, to elaborate ceremonies when someone is promoted. ...
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comment What is the benefit of using formal terms instead of informal ones?
Sure, because mis-spelling a word is not profound and important. You need a combination of content and tone to achieve an affect. Either alone is not sufficient.
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comment Book Title Generator that takes input?
Okay, so just curious now: What do you need a book title for? What, do you need a title for a fictitious book citation somewhere, that sort of thing?
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comment Book Title Generator that takes input?
Hmm. If you know what your book is about, wouldn't it be easier to make up a title that describes it than to get a bunch of randomly-generated titles and try to pick one that matches your book? If your creative enough to write a book, aren't you creative enough to make up a title for it? If you're stuck on one word, like your first idea for a title uses the same word twice and you need a synonym, then you could look up synonyms for that one word.
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answered What is the benefit of using formal terms instead of informal ones?
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answered On copyright laws and plots
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comment What is the benefit of writing formally?
@Kyth'Py1k How does dressing differently acknowledge something's importance? And yet most people would not wear sweat pants to a wedding, because that would be considered inappropriate. Some things are just human nature. If you don't understand why people enjoy kissing or eating a fine steak, I don't know how I could explain it to you. If you don't understand why people dress, act, and speak differently at formal events, I don't know how I can explain it to you. It's just how people are.
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comment Are 'how-to write fiction' books full of it?
Well, it's certainly true that it would be a very rare person who could read a book on how to do something and then be an expert. I wouldn't want to be operated on by a doctor who had just read a book about surgery and had no other training or experience. But surely on any subject, including writing, there is useful information and advice that the person who is good at it could give to the beginner.
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comment Are 'how-to write fiction' books full of it?
There are authors who are paid to write books?! Wow.
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answered Are 'how-to write fiction' books full of it?
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answered Where can one go to find police procedures
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answered What is the benefit of writing formally?
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comment What is the benefit of writing formally?
One minor note: "@" is used by accountants and sales people when expressing a quantity and a price or value, especially in a long list. Like if you were listing the contents of a warehouse, you might write "Model 327B, 20 @ $5.50 = $110.00; Model 824X, 32 @ $8.25 = $264.00" etc. That would certainly not be considered formal writing. I agree I can't think of a use for an "@" in formal writing except to express an email address.
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