This series of posts will describe four terrific tactics that you can use to improve comprehension.
The four tactics are:
- 1. Make “who did what” clear.
- 2. Edit for clarity.
- 3. Eschew obfuscation!
- 4. Use specific words.
This week, I will talk about Tactic #3.
- Eschew obfuscation!
Big words, uncomfortable words, or formal words may be used to create an effect, or to serve a specific purpose. But if your purpose is to write for clarity, then simple, comfortable words are for you.
Substitute an ordinary word or phrase for each of the following:
Example: Utilize: use
“Use” is a simple, comfortable word that avoids confusion.
Feel free to post your answers in the comments section. This week, use simple, comfortable words in your writing!
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