Two rules about clarity

Jack of Kent /   July 12, 2016 at 7:41 AM 1,533 views

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12th July 2016

Prompted by the current debate over the Labour leadership rules, here are two rules about clarity.

First rule of clarity

To say “[x] is clear, it means [y]” means that [x] is not clear.

If [x] were clear, it would speak for itself without any gloss or explanation.

Second rule of clarity

If a thing is clear, it does not need any accompanying word.

For example, if a thing is clear then the accompanying words in each of the following would be redundant: “completely clear”, “absolutely clear”, “totally clear”, “crystal clear”.


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