Category Archives: Readability

The fewer the words, the greater the clarity

But it’s often much harder to write briefly than it is at length. As Blaise Pascal famously wrote in 1657: ‘I have made this letter longer than usual, only because I have not had time to make it shorter.’ This … Continue reading

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Do you have a sesquipedalian writing style?

If so, you are prone to confusing people, and generally not impressing them, by using long words — like ‘sesquipedalian’ possibly**. When we use long and unfamiliar words it affects the readability of our writing. Long words tend to have … Continue reading

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Long sentences, with no time off for good behaviour

The words are tumbling out beautifully for you. You are proud of that well-constructed, elegant and impressively long sentence. It’s sometimes even easier to write a long sentence than a short one. But if you want to be understood, beware: … Continue reading

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