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The process of selecting the words which will best express one's thoughts and/or emotions, ordering and reordering those words in one's head, writing them down.
Unable to, as usual, easily put an idea she 'felt' into words, Serenata applied 'articulation mechanics' by selecting the words that best expressed her idea, ordering and reordering them in her head, and writing them in a notebook. She called that mental and physical process articulation mechanics.
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The Controllers told the C.E.P. (Chief Executive Puppet)—posing as the Chief Executive Officer—what to do. He did his part to the letter and ordered his subordinates to do complete the task, not wearing any gas masks.
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The moment and location when something changed.
The change point was when she read the email informing her the college had decided to hire her.
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CHARNAME (n.) — The combination of "character" and "name". The name of a character in a narrative, such as, Fred Flintstone, Barney Rubble, Batman, Mary Poppins, Tarzan, Buggs Bunny, Dr. No, James Bond, Spock, Captain Kirk, etc.
By giving a character a name that sounds like something, the writer can hint at or emphasize a character's trait(s). Character names (charnames) let writers say things indirectly. A character's name can be political, sexy, musical, funny, or anything else, and accomplish any intended purpose. Any word can be a person's name, and any first name can be paired with any last name. A middle name can be one letter, as in "Johnny B. Good". Letters alone are also effective, as in "J.R.", or "U.R. Ugly" or "U.R. The Best" or "Dount B.A. Fool"—the possibilities are endless. The letters B (be), C (see), G (gee), O (oh), P (pee), R (are), U (you), and Y (why) sound like a word. Letters also sound like and remind people of things. For example, the letter X reminds people of sex, and is often used in brand names, as in "Exxon". "Spok" sounds like "spook", "spooky", or "spike". "Kirk", sounds like "quirk". "Poppins" says or hints at "pop in" or "pops in". "Colonel Klink" reminds people of "kink" or "kinky". Though individual members of audiences make certain subconscious connections between character's names and the things they imply, most people never ask themselves what might be behind, beneath, or connect to a character's name.
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People and animals decide how to act based on a sophisticated and usually subconscious cost /benefit analysis they conduct.
People and animals have already run a cost/benefit analysis of each behavior they repeat, and know the benefit(s) repeating each of those actions will yield.

When a human or an animal foresees that it is very likely that a specific action will produce a specific benefit, he or she will execute it.

Thus, "a likely benefit triggers action."
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A dialect which uses the brief versions of expressions and is based on the "Prolix, and Concise, Sets of Words" handbook.
Identifying and listing the prolix and illogical English expressions and their concise counterparts, a scholar realized that many who use the brief expressions speak in the Brief English dialect, which unlike other dialects focuses not on which words are said, not how they are said.
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A more brief, concise, shorter, or simpler, word or phrase.
Thought the word "dysfunctional" is more common and has 1 syllable less, the word "inoperative" is briefer. The first has 13 letters and 4 syllables, the second has 11 letters and 5 syllables.
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