Virtues and Vices of Omission
Abstract:Brevity, as defined by ancient rhetoricians, means much more than using few words instead of many. It indicates a human excellence, a virtue—in this case, a virtue designating a fundamental feature of excellent communication. On either side of this virtue lurks a vice: obscurity at one extreme, prolixity at the other. Brevitas dwells between the two extremes, in the golden mean of effective communication
Document Type: Journal Article
Publication date: August 1, 2007
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