A Quote by Mark Twain on brevity, emotion, ideas, language, present, and words

What is the real function, the essential function, the supreme function, of language? Isn't it merely to convey ideas and emotions? Certainly. Then if we can do it with words of fonetic brevity and compactness, why keep the present cumbersome forms?

Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

Source: Spelling & Pictures, speech at annual dinner of Associated Press, NY, Sept. 18, 1906.

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