Bigger Words Aren’t Smarter Words

Among beats amongst, and amid beats amidst. These are only two examples of simplicity trumping ornamentation. Merriam-Webster lists amongst and amidst as variants of their shorter siblings. The writer who uses these words doesn’t seem more authoritative or learned; in fact, their use signals that the writer is trying to impress the reader with gaudy words rather than the point of his piece.

One Response to “Bigger Words Aren’t Smarter Words”
  1. Eleanor says:

    Also see “utilize.” “Use” is much cleaner and less pretentious.

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