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The KISS principle

07 November 2012, 11:16
Time for a bit of stirring (that doesn't involve rugby or politics!)

Don't you just hate the big words sometimes used by people  when posting articles? Obviously, they're trying to impress with their big vocab, but usually do the reverse and merely appear to be showing off. The problem is, big words don't generally communicate very well either. Instead it's far better to apply the KISS principle: Keep It Simple, Stupid.  In other words, short, sharp and to the point.

For example, which of  the following communicates better? 'A mass of concentrated earthly material perennially rotating upon its axis does not accumulate an accretion of non-vascular vegetation.' Or... 'A rolling stone gathers no moss'?

Or how about: 'Individuals who perforce are constrained to be domiciled in vitreous structures of patent frangibility should refrain from using petrous formations as missiles.' Recognise the 'People who live in glass houses..'.proverb?

Actually, come to think about it, this article IS about politicians after all (especially our governmental variety), who love to confuse issues with complicated words like 'disingenuous'.

Sorry about that.

Over and out. And enjoy the rest of your week.

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