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.

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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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