Definition - An artificial language created to suppress all forms of the verb to be.
Note: One of the main goals was to eliminate the passive voice so that English speakers would accept full responsibility for their opinions. For example, instead of using the passive voice to say something like "It's cold," the speaker would be forced to say something like "I feel cold," thereby clearly showing that he was expressing his own opinion rather than stating some universal truth.

Example -

(1) Regular English:
Roses are red / Violets are blue
Honey is sweet / And so are you

(2) E-Prime:
Roses appear red / Violets seem blue
Honey tastes sweet / And you elicit affection from me

Etymology -
D. David Bourland, Jr. coined the term in a 1965 essay entitled A Linguistic Note: Writing in E-Prime, which was originally published in the General Semantics Bulletin.

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