Friday, February 3, 2012

Lexical Largesse

I know a man that likes to use,
Instead of look, the word peruse.
I say examine would suffice;
But he would rather be precise.

Precision means he will not err
When speaking in the public square,
But often functions to negate
The thought he would communicate.

I once attempted to explain
Such words may serve to entertain
A lexicologist or two,
But not the members of our crew.

Vocabularies of the sort
Can cut a conversation short,
And ought to be, it seems to me,
Confined to verse and poetry.

For there, deployed with proper skill,
The most archaic phrases will
Have fewer patrons to appall,
Or be ignored by one and all.

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