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Subject:RE: In love with a word From:"Nuckols, Kenneth M" <Kenneth -dot- Nuckols -at- mybrighthouse -dot- com> To:"David Castro" <thejavaguy -at- gmail -dot- com>, "Julia Countryman" <julia -at- dreamcatcher-media -dot- com> Date:Thu, 5 Jan 2006 08:15:15 -0500
David Castro wrote...
> On 1/4/06, Julia Countryman <julia -at- dreamcatcher-media -dot- com> wrote:
> > The key to being a good, effective writer is to get the message
> > simply and as clearly as possible. Fancy words used flagrantly are
> > display of an insecure ego
> Funny that this should come up...I was considering posting about an
> epiphany that I had a couple of days ago.
> I inherited content from someone who was just let go from my company.
> The guy could really turn a phrase, when he had the time. He used the
> perfect sentence structure, and the perfect word. The content got
> across *exactly* what it was supposed to...if the reader was at the
> same level as this writer. We write for the military, which requires
> that we write to the seventh grade level. I'm going to be making a
> pass through the two documents that I currently own to simplify both
> sentence structure and vocabulary. It may mean replacing one really
> good word with five mediocre words that are required to get the point
> across to my audience.
> My epiphany: sometimes there's the Perfect Word and the Most
> Appropriate Word. They're frequently not the same thing!
Hear, Hear! Excellent point, David. Thanks for sharing.
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