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182                  THE HUMANITY OF WORDS
A working-title is the summary of a complete communication written or oral. It is composed of formators of sufficient generality to make a place for everything the communicator wants to say. The working-title is the first step in the making of a complete verbal pattern.
A working-title answers the question What is the book about? Or What are you talking about? Or What do I want to say? And the answer must be in the form of one sentence or less. -No more. The working-title The nebular theory and the planetesimal theory is less than one sentence; Collision ca. 1500 B.C. and collision ca. yoo B.C. is less than one sentence. Both answer the question What is it about?
Since the most general formators make a place for everything in the complete pattern, only these are included in the working-title. The minor formators and the formators which are subordinate to the minor formators are not included in the working-title. The working-title is thus only the first step in the making of a verbal pattern. Start, for example, with the working-title Economic and political aspects of Democracy. From this working-title, we may now construct the verbal pattern as a whole. The two major formators of the working-title will, of course, be the two major formators of the pattern:
1.  Economic
a)  Management
b)  Labor
c)  Consumer
2.  Political
a)  Federal
b)  State
c)  Local