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Thursday, July 21, 2011

The right word

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"The difference between the
almost right word

the right word
is really a large matter --
it's the difference between
the lightning bug and the lightning." 

~Mark Twain, in a letter to George Bainton, 1888


  1. Clever. :) I suppose it's also the difference between red and read, or shelf and shelve.


  2. Yes. But it's also the difference between big and humongous or between pink and crimson. Sure, those words don't sound alike, but when you want to write well, it's important to choose the right words, the ones that will say what you really want to say. (Thank goodness for the thesaurus!)