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#17363 - 01/28/01 01:32 PM Less well-known synonyms of everyday words
We all believe the first to scale Mt. Everest were Edmund Hillary and Tenzing
Norgay but the answer may have been different. In 1924, a bold mountain
climber, George Herbert Leigh Mallory, along with Andrew Irvine, attempted to
reach the top of Mt. Everest. They were last sighted near the summit by the
expedition's geologist, 2000 feet below them. In 1999, Mallory's body -- still
intact after 75 years -- was discovered by a group of climbers. Were Mallory
and Irvine on their way up or coming down? We don't know, and perhaps never
will, unless other climbers find Irvine's body and his camera that may yield
clues. Mallory's grandson George Mallory II reached the summit in 1995.
When asked why climb a mountain, Mallory's famous answer was, "Because it's
there". This week's words in AWAD should perhaps be used in the same spirit.
Why use these words when other similar words exist? Just because they're
there in the dictionary. During the rest of this week we'll see more words
that are less well-known synonyms of everyday words.
#17364 - 01/31/01 06:59 AM Wednesday's quote
Loc: lower upstate New York
"Omit needless words. Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts."
-William Strunk, Jr., professor and author (1869-1946)
... and music no unnecessary notes . Is everyone familiar with Strunk & White's *Elements of Style? [nod-of-acknowledgement-to-wow emoticon]
E.B. White of Charlotte's Web
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