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Chapter 1. Are You Grammarphobic? > Term Limits - Pg. 4

Are You Grammarphobic? 4 That statements about the power of language can contradict each other only serves to prove the ability of language to express a wide variety of feelings and opinions. The Force Be with You Where do you stand on the power of English? Take this instant test to see. Put a check next to each statement you agree with. ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. Next to sex, language is the most exciting form of communication we have. Words are as vital to life as food, drink, and sex, but on the whole we don't show as much interest in language as we do in the other pastimes. If you write with confidence, you'll do better in nearly all aspects of your life. Using correct English can help you get a better job. The phrasing of a sentence has decided the fate of many a friendship, and for all we know, the fate of many a kingdom. Knowing how to use English can improve your chances of getting a date on a Saturday night --a hot date, too. People become great leaders through their command of words. Much of the mischief in the world arises from words. The whole purpose of writing and speech is to be understood. You cannot get ahead if you can't write with confidence. When words fail, wars begin. When the wars finally end, we settle our disputes with words. Every word we know makes a difference, because every word is an idea. Words are the only things that last forever; they are more durable than the hills. Words are the most powerful drug we have.