GO ON; admit it: You sometimes use big words to impress readers, don’t you?
I certainly have — especially when writing university assignments years ago.
But research from USA’s Princeton University shows that readers are anything but impressed — they think you’re trying to hide something. AND they judge you as less intelligent. Harrumph!
(The research paper‘s title is apt: ‘Consequences of Erudite Vernacular Utilized Irrespective of Necessity: Problems with Using Long Words Needlessly.’)
But isn’t a rich vocabulary associated with intelligence? Yes. It is. But just as you could use 1000 fonts and colours in your next email, but should only use one or two, so you’re better off simplifying your language.
- ‘High-quality learning environments are a necessary precondition for facilitation and enhancement of the ongoing learning process.’
- ‘Children need good schools if they are to learn properly.’