Charles Pillsbury III

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This sounds like little Stevie King’s advice on writing

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Not only is this essay short, brilliant, thought-provoking and memorable, it calls bullshit on most of what passes today as speech and written language in management circles. And if you are too lazy to read the article, all you need to remember is this: never use a fancy word when a simple one will do. If your idea is good, no hype is necessary. Explain it clearly and people will get it, if there truly is something notable to get. If your idea is bad: keep working before you share it with others. And if you don’t have time for that, you might as well be honest. Because when you throw jargon around, most of us know you’re probably lying about something anyway.

[From Why Jargon Feeds on Lazy Minds - Scott Berkun]

Confession time, when I speak I’m more prone to use a fancier word than I am in writing. Why? because I’m less confident I’ll spell something right than I am that I’ll pronounce it correctly. Of course spell-check makes this a moot point, but in SOME situations I don’t have spell check handy (like twittering from a blackberry).


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August 19th, 2008 at 9:23 pm

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