Saturday, August 21, 2010

Less Is More

Dear Speakers & Writers (including myself),

Please stop using language that is more elaborate than is justified. For additional clarity on the matter, please refer to to the following:

1. "Bombastic" suggests language with a theatricality or staginess of style far too powerful or declamatory for the meaning or sentiment being expressed.

2. "Flowery" describes language filled with extravagant images and ornate expressions.

3. "Pretentious" refers specifically to language that is purposely inflated in an effort to impress.

4. "Verbose" characterizes utterances or speakers that use more words than necessary to express an idea.