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The case against (superfluous) words.

In middle and high school, I painstakingly worked at making my writing as overwrought as possible.

To appear sophisticated and intelligent.

Because complicated ideas need to be expressed in a complicated way (I think Lacan said something to that same effect – at any rate, I swiftly embraced him and his writings in all their complexity at university).

And I didn't just overwrite for English class.



Even Chemistry.

And the few written Math assignments we had.

(And my PE teacher liked my written assignment so much that she used it as a positive example - never mind that my hand and eye coordination is atrocious.)

I eventually stripped back.

Now I'm very minimalist. (Or try to be.)

I only use complicated words when simpler ones genuinely won't do.

(And in most cases, they do suffice.)

I especially hate "utilize."


It comes down to time, and user friendliness. And of course Rutherford's argument that "if you can't explain your physics to a barmaid i…