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The Power of Simple Words

01 Jun

The Power of Simple Words

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Kaitlyn Guay

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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