A writer-editor-teacher’s quote of the week #83

In honor of Labor Day, this week’s quote focuses on a writer’s work. For all of the advice books, how-to articles, and lesson plans out there, Zinsser says so much with this one sentence.

Good usage, to me, consists of using good words if they already exist – as they almost always do – to express myself clearly to someone else.

– from the chapter “Usage” in William Zinsser’s On Writing Well, 30th anniversary edition

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