By Christian Trejbal
As a writer who uses words every day to persuade and inform, I passionately adore a well-written passage, a mellifluous conjunction of ideas and grammar that Cicero would have spoken before the Roman Senate as he excoriated villain Catiline, his sentences building one upon another in a crescendo of logic and sublime linguistics that listeners could neither ignore nor dismiss as sophistry lacking in truth but elegant in form.
Did you follow that? Let me put it another way: I like good writing. That needlessly baroque opening sentence says nothing more. Sure, there is a cute historic reference that gives the sentence verve and vigor, that elevates it above a simple subject-verb-object construct, but four words convey the idea just as well.
There I go again, getting long-winded. Sorry. I do not want to be accused of writing like a high school sophomore . . . or a congressman.
Trejbal is a Roanoke Times editorial writer. He is based in the New River Valley.