I'm reading On writing Well by William Zinsser. In Chapter Three: Clutter, he takes Alexander Haig for example and says:
Before Haig nobody had thought of saying “at this juncture of maturization” to mean “now.” He told the American people that terrorism could be fought with “meaningful sanctionary teeth” and that intermediate nuclear missiles were “at the vortex of cruciality.” As for any worries that the public might harbor, his message was “leave it to Al,” though what he actually said was: “We must push this to a lower decibel of public fixation. I don’t think there’s much of a learning curve to be achieved in this area of content.”
I'm confused about several things in this paragraph:
- I can't find "maturization" in the dictionary. Is it the same as "maturation"?
- I can't find "sanctionary" in the dictionary, either. What does "meaningful sanctionary teeth" refer to?
- About the last sentence, I suppose "We must push this to a lower decibel of public fixation" simply means that "the public should not be so worried". But then I don't understand what "I don’t think there’s much of a learning curve to be achieved in this area of content" means.
I know those are cluttered language that we should not learn. But I still want to know what they mean. Can anybody explain the ideas for me?