Writer’s Desk: Choose the Right Words

In 1988, Nobel Prize-winning poet and onetime Soviet dissident Joseph Brodsky gave the commencement speech to the University of Michigan. In the wide-ranging address, he dispensed an array of life’s wisdom, including be nice to your parents and avoid putting too much trust in politicians.

More to the point, he reminded his audience to choose their words well:

Treat your vocabulary the way you would your checking account.

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