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Chapter 3. Pack the Essentials > Simply Irresistible: Style - Pg. 30

Pack the Essentials 30 · Statistics.These numbers provide additional information. · Reasons.These explanations tell why something happened. They may also explain the cause of someone's beliefs or actions. · Definitions.These statements explain what something means. · Descriptions.Words or phrases that tell how something looks, smells, tastes, sounds, or feels. Descriptions use sensory words to help readers visualize what they're reading. Here are some examples of each type of detail: Types of Details Examples Facts Statistics Reasons Definitions Descriptions Examples Florida boasts many famous natives and residents, including the singer Gloria Estefan and the author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. The capital of Florida is Tallahassee. Florida has 105 state parks with a total of 215,820 acres. Many people visit Florida to enjoy its great tourist attractions and warm weather. The name Florida comes from a Spanish word that means "feast of flowers." The majestic palm trees swayed gently in the brilliant Florida sunshine. Look back at Exhibit B. Which details did you find especially effective? Why? Author! Author! Ambrose Bierce, his pen dipped in wormwood and acid, had perhaps the most sardonic wit in the history of American letters. From his vitriolic pen came The Devil's Dictionary (1906), famous for its ironic definitions. Here are a few of the most famous ones: alone love marriage positive saint in bad company a temporary insanity cured by marriage a master, a mistress and two slaves, making in all, two mistaken at the top of one's voice a dead sinner, revised and edited Simply Irresistible: Style In 1946, Winston Churchill traveled to Fulton, Missouri, to deliver a speech and to be present at the dedication of a bust in his honor. After his speech, a rather attractive and well-endowed woman approached the wartime Prime Minister of England and said, "Mr. Churchill, I traveled over a hundred miles this morning for the unveiling of your bust." Churchill, who was known far and wide for his quick wit, replied, "Madam, I assure you, in that regard I would gladly return the favor."