1/18/2020

Eschew Sesquipedalian Obsfucation

"The best writers – like George Orwell – usually stick to short and simple words. In fact, in his legendary “Politics and the English Language”, the second rule of good writing is “Never use a long word where a short one will do.” The third-stringers, in contrast, hide behind their thesauruses. (Lit crit, anyone?)

Why doesn’t everyone follow Orwell’s rule? Harbaugh has a clean answer: If you’re a writer of moderate ability, you can’t make yourself look good using ordinary words. So you hide behind pompous language, demonstrating at least that you know more words than the average slob. In contrast, a great writer can sound brilliant in monosyllables – and those who can, do."