Words about writing that conceal and reveal

We use words in our day-to-day life–especially young people–that mean absolutely nothing, or absolutely not what we mean. Absolutely, for example is one of them. (These words mean something.) This obscuring of words also occurs when we talk about writing. One example of a descriptive word is “passionate.” Passionate can really mean passionate–showing strong feelings or strong belief–but it often means much more than passionate. A piece of writing is described as passionate when what is really meant is: “this piece totally alienated me and didn’t give any room for an opinion that was not the writer’s, but the writer sure was passionate.” It is an interesting word, because typically people want to be passionate about something. Also, it seems like we want to be passionate in our writing. However, when someone reads something and thinks “that writer is passionate,” it often means something very negative. That is, unless the writer gets lucky and finds the small portion of readers that agree absolutely with their piece.

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