The Power of Simple Words
It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.
It was the most preeminent of junctures; it was the most egregious of junctions.
Which one would keep you reading?
Terin Izil’s, author of the bite-sized TED-ed talk “The Power of Simple Words” would say that simplicity is often best when trying to convey a clear message. This isn’t to say that we shouldn’t trot out our ten-dollar words when we write. Where would be the fun in that? Merely, Izil suggests that we consider two things. One: who is our intended audience? Two: When we dress up our written speech, is it first and foremost clear? After all, if a line of text requires deconstruction to metabolize, it may not have the power of a simple sentence, like, to borrow a quote from Patrick Henry: “Give me liberty or give me death.”
Today, consider some of your favorite authors. What kind of language do they use to illustrate a powerful scene?
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