For years, I've been hearing that English is being "dumbed down," meaning we're using a lot of little, easy to understand words and omitting the multi-syllable stuff. I tend to not use big words, not because I'm an idiot, but I don't want someone to have to stop reading in the middle of a sentence and run for a dictionary or worse - guess at the definition and keep reading. Some people won't read fiction at all if it's "dumbed down." What do you think?
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We rarely are in agreement on Q & A's but this time I am in complete agreement with you Junkseller. I don't think we need to dumb down our writing but there is no need to search for long unusual words either.
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