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In The Giver, what does "precision of language" mean?

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Posted March 10, 2013 at 6:54 PM via iOS

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In The Giver, what does "precision of language" mean?

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stolperia | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 11, 2013 at 3:19 PM (Answer #1)

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The community in The Giver placed great value upon precision in communication - choosing words that conveyed easily understood and measured meanings. In the community's drive to achieve Sameness, it became vital that everyone understood precisely and exactly what was meant by everything that was said by someone else.

This is why Jonas's parents reacted as they did when Jonas asked if they loved him.

There was an awkward silence for a moment. Then Father gave a little chuckle. “Jonas. You, of all people. Precision of language, please!”

"Love" is an emotion. It is a word that can mean many different things to different people. This made it completely unacceptable for use in the community that could not deal with variety or difference.

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