Talking about the style I use:
Tim Worstall uses jovial tone, litotes and syllogism to reason that the hesitance towards this globalization is hypocritical, contradicting the humanitarian policies and values previously established.
Through his almost homey diction, Worstall charms his audience with his text’s cheerful tone. It is unprecedented for an economics article proposing solutions to end poverty to use words like “lovely” or state “the most delicious part of this argument…” With a varied audience, from economic majors to high school students, the affable diction makes Worstall’s text more approachable and the readers are therefore more open to his viewpoint on a controversial subject.
Worstall uses shrewd understatements to undermine opposition’s view on the integration of poorer nations. If words were placed on a spectrum, Worstall would only use words on either of the extremes like “best,” or “worst.”
I know I write for a living and I understand jovial, can work out (I think) what syllogism is but what in buggery is a litote when its at home?
On a more serious level this is from an AP English course (or readings for it or something) and it’s hugely in advance of anything that a secondary school student would be taught here. It also gives us something of an insight into the difference between American and UK journalism. Over there they’re incredibly keen on the tiniest details of style and grammar. Write a piece (well, one that’s going to be edited at least) and you’ll end up having long and earnest conversations with an editor about sentence structure, active v passive and so on. Here, in the few places where people worry about that sort of thing, it’s left to the subeditors to impose the house style.
There’s a further implication of all this too. Those who are “trained” as journalists in the US are trained in all of these details of language variation. Which is great, why shouldn’t people who work with language understand it? But that leaves us with one very large question: why in hell do they use that training to end up producing the same leaden prose in every damn piece that’s written?