I prefer words to be used appropriately, that is to say that if a complex word is the one word that accurately provides the need, then it should be used as well as simple words should be used for the proper call of their duty. Complex words can often say so much more and also create concise writing. However, if complex words are used for the sake of demonstrating a knowledge of it, then the word detracts from the sentence and call attention to the ego of the writer. Simple words can have the same effect of power in the word, yet sometimes requires more words to be used to convey in writing.
Depends on your audience, who you're trying to reach. The average reader may be turned off by words that have to look up to understand what you're saying. The erudite reader may be turned off by something written below his level and become bored. It depends.
correct, I thought of that all the time. Whenever I am doing a piece for lower year (in college) I usually use more simple words then save some complex at time that I know they can think and expound the idea.
Things written in very simple language always sound forced and artificial, as well as giving the impression of being somewhat patronising and insulting. It is as if the author is saying to his readers, "I consider you all to be morons and so I shall treat you as such."
I use words that come naturally to me. I have no idea where they lie on the simple-complex spectrum.
When I write I focus on getting my idea across and letting my thoughts flow. I don't dwell on whether my words are simple or complex. Personally, I hate to read stuff where I've got to sit there with the dictionary to understand what they writer is trying to say. There is nothing wrong with using simple words in your writing and if you do use them that doesn't mean that you think that readers are stupid or whatever and that you have to write in simple terms so they get you. And simple words do not make a piece of writing boring. What may be boring to one person will be alive for another. It all depends on who the readers are. I've read stuff that had all this sophisticated jargon and language and it bored the hell out of me... and it sounded dull.
I think that it is nice to sound intelligent but using words that people are just going to have to look up is almost arrogant. I think it is best to make writing readable and using both simple and complex ones will do that. But by limiting the number of complex ones and not using extremely long or unpronounceable ones, you can make readers happy.
They came the gate full of hope but it was not to be. The bird had flown and once more they had failed. Gone was the chance to be the best. It was the end. Their ship had sailed, one could say, and they had for the third time missed the boat. They had lost their chance to move to a new land.
Like that? All one syllable. I think that answers your question.
Both. Simple, appropriate words are understandable to many readers. Keeping sentences short and the words simple is frugality in writing. A better writer is one who can express the message in short, simple sentences, and this may include appropriate "hard" words. It may be "complex" to a reader upon first encounter of the word but it adds up to his or her learning.
Writers are lovers of words anyway. For me, he or she is the best writer who can play with simple and complex words with style, not to impress but to clearly express the message, always.
George Orwell wrote about the importance of using simple words and concise phrasing - I think I agree with that, particularly in terms of political language/writing. However, I do like learning and coming across new words in poetry and fiction. It would be rather dull if words were always well-known and overused.
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