shake up the language

HolyUnicorn

Senior Member
Mandarin / the Shanghai Dialect
Hello,

He was adamant that he wanted, not to coerce the minds of his readers, but to “stand the biblical story on its head”—to shake up the language and present it new and fresh. He believed that beauty, not argumentation, is the only way to persuade an individual to examine issues of faith.

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How can I interpret “shake up” here? Does it mean reorganizing the words?
 
  • e2efour

    Senior Member
    UK English
    Not reorganising the words, but changing them so that instead of reflecting logic, they convey to the listener the idea of something that is beautiful.
    The shaking up is not a matter of changing individual words, but changing the whole tone of what is said.
     
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