What Words Would I Use?
October 1, 2010
Clarity: What Words Would I Use?
Write sentences for clarity!
English teachers aim at this. And then, know more words everyday: five, ten, or as many as you like. That will be good for memory work.
I love words. I have tried to invent and explore their meanings. There were times I used one word again and again. Tongue exercise, memory exercise, and playing with words were just fun for me. I remind my students about this.
1. Remember the Kiss Theory in writing a sentence: “Keep it simple stupid.” (Sorry for the negative word, but that is the acronym.)
Perhaps, we all come to this mistake. As no one can be grammar-perfect, editing and reviewing texts are reminders how one can make better sentences.
2. Adjectives and adverbs must be used appropriately and as needed in creating picture words. This applies when using the descriptive form of discourse (factual information in describing objects).
3. Oftentimes, wordiness is just awkwardness. Readers will find it easier when the texts are concise and direct. Roundabout constructions, unnecessary phrases and clauses, redundancy and repetitions make lousy manuscripts.
The aim of writing is to be understood by readers, not to flaunt words. A written material must suit the reader/audience need. “Who are you writing for?” “What is your goal for that text/message?”
Check out redundant words:
Repeat again repeat
Past history history
Important essentials essentials
Round circles circles
End result result
Two twins twins
Refer back refer
Over speeding speeding
Most unique unique
Honest truth honest
4. Use figures of speech creatively. Trite expressions can be altered. Try showing pictures. Make your own fresh expressions.
Taste red grapes
Touch silk linen
Smell brewing coffee beans
Sight a mountain curve
Hearing exploding thunder
5 . In-vogue or status symbol words must be used with practice. Ask a friend or community for more updates. Observe how they become buzzwords. Sometimes, they’re overused, yet they sound familiar and interesting.
Try this: networking, downsize, cool, chill, blast, infrastructure, worst-case scenario
6.Avoid using a biased-language.
7.If possible, avoid the use of euphemisms. Be direct to the point (though at times, considerations are made here).
8.Slang expressions can be created by a particular generation. Hence, these expressions are fleeting. Also, these expressions are used in informal writing and/or quoted.
In ESL classes, students are recommended to understand slang expressions because such are spoken by native speakers (Slangman Street Speak). These words are colorful, exaggerated and original in its time.
Check this out:
To pig out to eat too much
Later see you later