Thursday, June 26, 2014

Quote of the Day (Mark Twain, on Writing for the General Public)

"When really learned men write books for other learned men to read, they are justified in using as many learned words as they please--their audience will understand them; but a man who writes a book for the general public to read is not justified in disfiguring his pages with untranslated foreign expressions. It is an insolence toward the majority of the purchasers, for it is a very frank and impudent way of saying, 'Get the translations made yourself if you want them, this book is not written for the ignorant classes.'"—Mark Twain, A Tramp Abroad (1880)

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