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On writing: John Galsworthy

Tony Rossiter explores great words from great writers

‘Very informal language that is usually spoken rather than written, used especially by particular groups of people.’ That’s the dictionary definition of slang. Writers are often advised to write in a style that’s as close as possible to the way they speak. If you do that, you’ll almost certainly find yourself using at least some slang.

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