60 THE HUMANITY OF WORDS
quires a very special and clearheaded effort to stay with symbols that do, indeed, refer to things.
We are all reportersor should be. We have read something. We have seen something. We have heard something. We have done something. We want to tell about it and should. If we would report accurately, we must use symbolic language.
But how? How can we use words that refer precisely to things, to situations, to events, etc.?
Ogden and Richards state that they believe grammar has an important semantic function and they recommend that this area be explored. This we did in our practical efforts at University College. Semantics is concerned with the appropriate use of words in the accomplishment of purpose. And grammar, we found, is, in itself, an effective device by which to accomplish a desired purpose.
The purpose of the report is to inform. And informative language is symbolic language.
The best sentence structure for a report of any kind is the uncomplicated subject, predicate, period declarative sentence. Keep these sentences simple (not compound) one idea to a sentence, not two or more. Such sentences will be short, as they should be. If you want your symbols to refer sharply to things, don't smother them. Brevity, accuracy, and clarity are the virtues of symbolic language. In the writing of a report, "good style'' means just this. Nothing more.
Eliminate all adjectives and adverbs in a report. In symbolic language, a house is a house, not a "delightful" house.
The mixture is warm you say. Warm? I thought it was "coolish" Give the temperature: