Usage texts are largely used to clarify a situation or are directly related to a commercial or other practical purpose. Examples of usage texts are: advertising texts , patent texts, legal texts , cooking recipes , comments, documentation, news, criticism and texts in instructions for use .
Wilpert (2001) differentiates between non-literary utility texts and those that also mainly have a “use value in everyday life”, but also seek to meet “literary-aesthetic” demands. As examples, he cites edification literature, practical poetry, travelogues and many others.
In everyday parlance, the term is used to distinguish it from literary texts. A differentiation according to aesthetic characteristics is difficult, however, as the transitions from one text type to another can be fluid. In contrast to literary texts , the design and choice of words is often simplified in the case of utility text in favor of a clear and unambiguous presentation of the content. A typical example of this is the lack of synonyms , so that the same word is always used for an object within a usage text.
- Gero von Wilpert : Subject dictionary of literature (= Kröner's pocket edition . Volume 231). 8th, improved and enlarged edition. Kröner, Stuttgart 2001, ISBN 3-520-23108-5 , article "Utility Literature ".