Never use a polysyllabic word…

March 20, 2011 | By | 2 Replies More

…when a diminutive synonym will suffice.

The Onion nails it here:
Microsoft Word Now Includes Squiggly Blue Line To Alert Writer When Word Is Too Advanced For Mainstream Audience

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Category: Humor, Whimsy, Writing

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Jim is a husband of more than 27 years, father of four home-schooled sons (26, 23, 16 and 14), engineer delighting in virtually all things technical, with more than a passing interest in history, religions, arts, most sciences (particularly physics) and skepticism.

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  1. A few years back I attended a compulsory communication course in which the trainer handed out a list of 50 words that were not to be used as they were considered too difficult to understand. On it were mostly words that I considered part of my own vocabulary. It turned out that of the younger colleagues present none knew any of the words and showed themselves very uneasy when I called BS on the trainer. Mind you, I work at a Dutch school of higher education, a place where one would expect people to have a learning attitude, but apparently not.

    Uncle George was exactly right about Holland too.

    Funny that the anti-spam word is "rock" 😉

  2. Erich Vieth says:

    This is all getting a bit too sesquipedalian for me.

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