In critical thinking, all you language must be precise and clear. Imprecisions can cause harmful damage to you - including misinterpretation, miscommunication and even affecting the strength of your arguments.
As the essence or gist of chapter 4, I elaborated on the need for precision in Critical Thinking. To ensure this, there are several language imprecisions to be considered:
Vagueness - Usage of words in a sentence that is shadowy or not clear.
Anyone behaving indifferently will be punished (How is indifferent?)
Middle-aged people are not allowed to enter (middle-age does not provide any specifics. 35? 50?)
Overgenerality - A scope that is too wide will not contribute to clarity, but otherwise.
A: Where are you going?
B: Out. (Where?)
Father: When will you be back, son?
Son: Later (When exactly?)
Lisa: What were you drinking at the party?
Siti: A beverage. (Pepsi? Liquor? What?)
Ambiguity – Using words that have more than one meaning will cause imprecision; or worse, miscommunication!
Atan went to the bank (river bank? Sperm bank? Bank (a local slang for toilet)?)
Newspaper ad: Dog for sale. Eats everything and especially fond of children. (The dog likes to eat children or likes children?)
Headline: Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian takes over. (Veterinarian tries to resolve the problem by mating with the panda??)
by ilham suardi