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Posted on October 17, 2011

I have been criticised for using words that are obscure. Indeed, I usually get a list of words from the editor at the publisher, along with suggested (easier) alternatives. I can see their point; no reader will persist if he or she has no idea what is being said, or if they have to look up words in a dictionary every two minutes. However, this simplification can go – perhaps has gone – too far. The odd tricky word does not put people off; readers actually like being stretched, and their vocabulary extended (providing they don’t get out of breath).

English is a rich and diverse language. I like exploring it. It can be fun.

Tags: difficult words, Diverse, rich