Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.

June 25, 2013 at 8:32 am

I agree with this. Some writers put in a lot of scientific terms or words from other languages, but I find that it becomes annoying pretty quickly, especially if you need to look it up every time to work out what the author’s talking about. Most people don’t enjoy doing that anyway. Are they going to put down their book (or, to think in modern terms, open a browser on their tablet) when they’re in the middle of reading a story? Maybe if it’s a non-fiction book they might be more prepared to do that, but if I’m in the middle of an exciting story, as a reader, the last thing I want to do is look up a word to find out what it means. I think the KISS principle applies here too. Keep it Simple Sweetie. Don’t complicate things, especially if you’re only doing it so you’ll sound clever.

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