Friday, July 27, 2012

How Dumb Is Too Dumb?

Kathyrn Lilley over at The Kill Zone has an interesting post on whether writers are being encouraged to "dumb down" their work be avoiding unfamiliar or highfalutin' words lest they turn off the mainstream audience.

It'll be a sad commentary if we're condemned to confine ourselves to a sixth-grade vocabulary and eschew -- sorry, avoid -- the panoply -- I mean whole bunch -- of wonderful words that English offers. One of the strengths of our language is how it has drawn from so many others, fashioning words to allow precise description of unique things and situations.

What do you think?

1 comment:

Lt. Cccyxx said...

Avoiding big words is one thing. I honestly think sometimes we are encouraged to dumb down our STORIES to appeal to agents. And that's a much bigger problem.