Hodin: Mr. Spock, you're an officer of a spaceship. In your profession, you use many instruments, tools and weapons to achieve your objectives.
Spock: True, Your Excellency.
Hodin: However, the only tool diplomacy has is language. It is of the utmost importance that the meaning be crystal clear.
Spock: Your Excellency, I am basically a scientist. Clarity of formulation is essential in my profession also.
Hodin: I'm glad to hear it. Perhaps you could then make greater effort to choose your words more precisely.