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[24] For in our passion for words we paraphrase what might be said in plain language, repeat what we have already [p. 191] said at sufficient length, pile up a number of words where one would suffice, and regard allusion as better than directness of speech. So, too, all directness of speech is at a discount, and we think no phrase eloquent that another could conceivably have used.

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