Point of view, viewpoint, standpoint, and angle, useful and legitimate in their proper places, are sometimes no more than a refuge from the trouble of precise thought, and provide clumsy ways of saying something that could be said more simply and effectively. They may be used, for instance, as a circumlocution for a simple adverb, such as "from a temporary point of view" for "temporarily". Here are a few examples:
He may lack the most essential qualities from the viewpoint of the Teaching Hospitals. (He may lack the most essential qualities for work in a Teaching Hospital.)
It is a bad let-down from the customer's point of view. (Here, as often, the phrase takes the place of a simple preposition: "a bad let-down for the customer".)
The firm's production from an output point of view. (Here the context shows that "production from an output point of view" means no more than "output".)
I can therefore see no reason why we need to see these applications, apart from an information point of view. (Except for information.)
This may be a source of embarrassment to the Regional Board from the viewpoint of overall planning and administration. (This is a particularly bad one. The plain way of putting it is: "This may embarrass the Regional Board in planning and administration". For this use of overall, see OVERALL).
See also Aspect, which, as the complement of point of view, leads writers astray in the same way.
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