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Grammar And Style Guide - V

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Verbal means "related to words"; a written agreement is just as verbal as an oral one. People increasingly use it as the opposite of "written," but there's still a band of brave souls who resist it. If you mean something spoken, use oral. Samuel Goldwyn ignored this distinction in his quip, "A verbal agreement isn't worth the paper it's written on."
See Wasted Words.
Having a large vocabulary can never hurt, but you should use your energy wisely. Though knowing words like obnubilate, hebetic, and tergiversation can make you the envy of your crossword-puzzle-playing friends, in writing you'll get more mileage out of knowing the precise meaning of more common words. Can you distinguish climatic from climactic? — tortuous from torturous? — incredible from incredulous? — turgid from turbid? They're very different, but often confused.

Don't use obscure words just because you can; ostentation leads only to obfuscation. Using mirific where amazing or wonderful will do is just showing off and intimidating your audience. See also Long Words.

Voice is a technical term in grammar to describe a verb: the common voices in English are active and passive. Voice describes whether the subject of a sentence is acting or being acted upon. See Passive Voice for details. [Entry added 9 April 2001.]