What is Language Precision?

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Language precision means using the correct phrase or word to impart precisely the correct idea. Multiple words may share identical definition but can have different shades of meaning or dissimilar connotations. One example is “scent” and “odor”. As nouns, the two words mean “a smell of an object or something”. But in general usage, a scent is regarded as a pleasant smell, but an odor is an unpleasant one.

Need for Precision

Language precision is very important in modern life. Proper communication is critical. Use of correct language solves problems by breaking down complex issues into smaller parts. The use of abstractions forbids a direct discussion. Indirections tend to generalize debatable subjects. Issues that are complex are simplified to the point of destruction of meaning. Incorrect use of language makes debate unfeasible. All possible views are thrown out except two.

Language precision is freedom. Absence of clarity is a tyranny. Politicians slip in vague terms and statements that are unclaimed and then spread it. The power of such bad language is in proportion to voice clearly our own thoughts. Ambiguous thoughts are created by ambiguous language. Language must have the power to grip reality as it is. Precision in language is worth the trouble.

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