Careful Words

express (n.)

express (v.)

express (adv.)

express (adj.)

  This goodly frame, the earth, seems to me a sterile promontory; this most excellent canopy, the air, look you, this brave o'erhanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted with golden fire, why, it appears no other thing to me than a foul and pestilent congregation of vapours. What a piece of work is a man! how noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! in form and moving how express and admirable! in action how like an angel! in apprehension how like a god!

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): Hamlet. Act ii. Sc. 2.

Is she not more than painting can express,

Or youthful poets fancy when they love?

Nicholas Rowe (1673-1718): The Fair Penitent. Act iii. Sc. 1.

  The true use of speech is not so much to express our wants as to conceal them.

Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774): The Bee. No. iii. Oct. 20, 1759.