What's in a Noun?
John T. Kuehn
Just a quick one folks: Let us look at a typical sentence written in professional military education these days (PME):
"General George Patton was a maginficent Soldier. His Troops performed magnificently during World War II and brought great Honor on themselves, our Nation, and for the gratitude of their Families."
Aside from other possible grammatical errors and the triumphal style, how many unnecessary formal nouns?
I count five: soldier, troops, honor, nation, and families. And that is just the beginning...and only two sentences.
This sort of usage litters miitary writing these days, and it is starting to creep into formal and academic writing--or if you go to this website:
...you will find that it has more than "creeped" into for what passes for academic writing in PME.
I know this handgrenade is a bit off topic---or should I write Handgrenade?--but I've been busy and this was the first thing that came to mind since I have recently been reveiwing quite a few papers and masters theses manuscripts.
Happy August...wash your hands, wear your masks, and socially distance (especially indoors). John