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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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revised Demo data in screenshots! What are the best practice?
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revised Demo data in screenshots! What are the best practice?
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comment Demo data in screenshots! What are the best practice?
@kindall Sure, but be careful clients don't get confused. I once used "Sir Isaac Newton" as a sample name, and the client said that they didn't want "Sir" in front of the name.
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comment Use of punctuation within quotes with single words or letters
@LaurenIpsum How would bolding or italics have helped? I suppose you could put the text to type in bold and other text in ordinary weight, so the first period would be bold and the second period would be lighter. But I don't think that would stand out visually very well.
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answered Why am I getting so many words per page?