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Words matter to me. Let’s make some up.

‘Communication is essential to our lives, but how often do we stop to think about where the words we use have come from?’

Hutchings (2008) The Secret Life of Words. How English Became English

Words matter to me.

Their purpose is to communicate. We are all prone to use jargon, and the first time we use it we feel we belong that tribe.

Academic writers are prone to the greatest misdemeanours – they not only invent their own words, but they like to show off their command of words you/we have rarely come across, or they misappropriate words from other disciplines and force anew definition upon them.

Books on words appeal to me.

If Open Learning is to appeal to the broadest church, then clear, simple, language is required. If you spot any polysyllabic bibble-babble, please do share. Or is that me committing this very crime? One long word, and another long word that might be of my own invention.

My apologies.

So why use one word with many syllables which few people understand, when a sentence of short words would do a far better job?

Obfuscation or communication?

Showing off or joining the throng, who are your students. And have I just done it again? What I mean to say is, ‘it cannot help learning if a writer puts in a long word that they and their colleagues understand that the majority don’t.

Clear English, is simple English; anything more can be unnecessarily confusing.

REFERENCE

Hutchings (2008) The Secret Life of Words. How English Became English

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