The Word Doctor: Use Shorter Words

Why use a long word when a short one will do?

For example:

  • Exacerbate = inflame
  • Fortuitous = lucky
  • Arrogant = aloof
  • Imperative = crucial
  • Administer = give

Too much writing is still plagued with long words that make reading tedious. While it's tempting to think one sounds sophisticated, great writers know that it is the size of the idea—not the words—that impresses.

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