“An honest tale speeds best being plainly told.” (King Richard III act 4, sc. 4)
Tips for Use. A good prelude before explaining a seemingly complex question in its own simple and understandable terms. Or before you undertake the task of translating into plain English a proposition expressed in double-speak and other Orwellian terms. The examples, just in political and corporate life, are so many as to overload the bandwidth allotted to this site. Recent examples: the administration’s use of the term “quantitative easing” for “printing money” or the financial industry’s …use of “collateralized debt obligations” for “debt with worthless collateral”, etc.
Good also as a mild lateral attack on your adversary when he tries his best to confuse the issue(s).
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In the play. After a string of killings and murders Richard III wants to marry young Elizabeth, daughter of Queen Elizabeth, widow of Edward I.V He prompts the mother to present his suit to the daughter (Be eloquent on my behalf!) Q. Elizabeth responds with this line.