Revising Business Prose 2nd Edition

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    What should written communication in business be like? It ought to be fast, specific, and responsible. It should show someone acting, doing something to or for someone else. Business life offers few occasions for the descriptive set-piece. It chronicles history in the making, depicts someone acting on matter or on people. Abstractions occur in an applied context, form part of a problem. Business prose ought to be verb-style prose, lining up actor, action, and object in a chain ofpower and lining them up fast. Increasingly, though, it is moving in just the opposite direction, toward a special language we might call the “Offi¬ cial Style.” The Official Style is the language ofbureaucracies, of large organizations; it is a noun-centered language, ab¬ stract, voiced always in the passive, and slow. Above all, it strives to disguise the actor, allow such action as cannot be quashed entirely to seep out in an impersonal construction— never “I decided” but always “It has been decided that. . . .”
    • Publisher : New York : Macmillan ; London : Collier Macmillan
    • Publication date : 1987
    • Language : English
    • Paperback : 121 pages
    • ISBN-10 : 002367430X
    • ISBN-13 : 9780023674303
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