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Throw out the complicated words

August 14, 2012  

One common writing mistake is the excessive use of complicated words.

The big problem with complicated words is that they make it harder for the reader to understand what the words mean. And if the reader does not understand the words, the text has failed.

Here is a sentence with complicated words:

To gratify my exquisite taste for modern-day cinema, I chose to experience the summer blockbuster called The Dark Knight Rises.

Here is a simpler version:

I like movies so I went to see The Dark Knight Rises.

The simpler version is almost always better to use. It’s shorter, easier to read and easier to understand.