Explicit


As explicit, we call something that is expressed or communicated in a clear and precise way, without ambiguities or inaccuracies. It is something that is plain, clear, or obvious. The word, as such, comes from the Latin explicĭtus. It is explicit, for example, a message that clearly conveys its meaning and intention, without hiding anything, without ulterior motives or tricky rhetoric.

When we communicate we have a certain intention. Therefore, sometimes we want to be clearly understood and sometimes we want to be ambiguous or diplomatic. If someone proposes something to me and I answer “I don’t feel like it”, I am being explicit with my answer. On the other hand, if before the same proposal I do not give a concrete answer, I resort to some evasive formula (for example, “I have to think about it”). We use one strategy or another depending on the context of the communication and depending on our intention to speak.

The notion of explicit is often used to qualify the contents of movies, television shows, records, and other works. In this way, it is possible to differentiate between material that suggests certain situations (such as a murder or a sexual relationship) and material that shows the actions directly (showing how a knife pierces someone’s body and blood flows, or the naked body of the protagonists).

Typically, works with explicit content include a warning so that parents can determine if it is appropriate for their children to have access to the material. The films, in this sense, have different ratings (not suitable for children under 18, suitable for all audiences, etc.), while the explicit lyrics have a legend that recommends parental supervision (“Parental Warning: Explicit Content” , in English) .

An irony, a satire, are exactly the opposite of this type of message. In explicit communication there is sincerity, openness, simplicity and spontaneity. He says what he is and how he is, he says or writes what he feels and how he feels, without words that hide the truth.

This concept is also fundamental in the case of text comprehension, since when there is such information, when reading it there is no doubt about what is being expressed, its meaning is evident and precise. Therefore, there is no room for doubt or debate.

This is the reason why this type of text is the one used in journalism, particularly in news and chronicles. There, due to the importance of providing reliable information, the facts cannot be distorted, they must be exposed as they have occurred, in an objective, transparent and manifest manner. Follow an order of exposition and use accessible language for all readers.