RE: Basic rules of Tech Writing make you look smart

Subject: RE: Basic rules of Tech Writing make you look smart
From: "Ryan Minaker" <RMinaker -at- rand -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 31 Oct 2005 15:48:33 -0500

I can't agree more. In grade 12 we had to read George Orwell: Politics
and the English Language.

He lists six rules for proper use of English. At the time, my friends
and I got a good laugh out of rule number six. It wasn't until several
years later that I realized just how right he was!


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Subject: Basic rules of Tech Writing make you look smart

Study: Simple Writing Makes You Look Smart

Long words used needlessly along with complicated font styles -- two
tactics employed routinely by students trying to pad their work -- are
perceived as coming from less intelligent writers.

Or, to put it simply: Short words and classic fonts make you look smart.


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