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Visual Clues

Communication is so important. We’re social creatures and we need to communicate in order to cooperate. The most important part of communication is comprehension. We want our message to be clearly understood. Too many conflicts have started because of misunderstandings. Communication comes in many forms, but often we limit ourselves to one method and often that method is the written…

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Language observations #231 – crescendo

Recently on CNN: “The situation reached a crescendo when…” I find this secondary usage quite interesting. My background in classical music makes his usage quite jarring to my ear. To me, the more correct word to use in this instance would be ‘climax’. The word crescendo originates from the Italian ‘to grow in sound’, so logically it cannot refer to…

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