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Among America's great contributions to world literature are the masterful plainspokenness of Mark Twain and the surly, hardboiled succinctness of Ernest Hemingway.
Her lyrical weakness--the plainspokenness that resonates in a protest song but can sink a ballad--is largely offset by her increasingly confident vocals.
Hugo's poem has a quiet majesty which steadily builds as the poem progresses; this is in part because he avails himself of simple declarative lines that have a solemn Biblical plainspokenness about them:
To tap plainspokenness, we used the DAL program to score the broadcasts in terms of reliance on common words on a scale ranging from 0 (if the president relied exclusively on rare words like exegesis) to 17,000 (if the president did nothing but repeat the word the over and over).
Honest Abe" and the American stereotype of plainspokenness notwithstanding, we are a country ill at ease with most matters sexual.