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Monthly Archive December 2017

Writer Beware: There’s Danger in Them Thar Big Words

The waning use of big words comes from a lack of willingness to learn what they mean.

Usage then fades into phrases of three to five words that mean the same thing as one, and prose then becomes a less descriptive way for writers to get to the point.

  • Problem? No. Not in today’s world where readers would rather fart and have fun than think and learn.
  • Bothersome? Yes. Most bothersome as reading to learn is no longer seen as fun because it requires deep thought.
  • Harmful? Possibly. Especially when those who use big words don’t understand what they mean.

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