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THE USE OF WORDS

THOMAS McCRAE, M.D., F.R.C.P. (London)
JAMA. 1915;LXV(2):135-138. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02580020001001.
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It may be thought that this subject is too simple to deserve attention and that the use of words comes naturally to us all. So it does, but the manner in which we use them shows much variation and it is both with the use and abuse of words that this address deals. To point out the importance of the proper use of words may clear the ground. They are, in the spoken or written form, our principal means of communication with each other and with the outside world. Some persons can convey much by gestures and pantomime, but these count for little in the ordinary mode of expression. Each of us lives in his own circle giving ideas to others or receiving them from others by the medium of words. The point that if one is to give or receive clear ideas the medium of exchange should have a

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