Language is the great gift that distinguishes human beingsfrom other creatures. Like most gifts, it can be used thought-fully and to good advantage—or it can be used carelessly, in-differently, and quite unsuccessfully. The way in which you use language can tell people a good deal about your personal
qualities—your way of thinking, your alertness, your concern for useful communication with other people—and your con-
cern, your respect, for the English language itself.