I’ve heard them called “ten dollar words”.
This is very evident in the medical profession, as well as in government. Sometimes professionals use the language of their trade to save words, whereas others will use big words as a method of showing off, excluding, intimidating or confusing others.
With blogging we see this happening, too.
For myself, I see it in “How to” pages when I’m learning how to work behind the scenes of my blog.
Those whom are technologically experienced normally write in “computer language”, possibly assuming others will understand or feeling they shouldn’t have to “dumb down” by writing the information in easy to understand terms.
However, I recently read,
The person, in whom the foundational skills of reading have not yet become automatic, will read haltingly and with great difficulty. The poor reader is forced to apply all his concentration to word recognition, and therefore has “no concentration left” to decode the written word, and as a result he will not be able to read with comprehension.
If that’s the case, it’s no wonder some are skimming posts, leaving comments which appear off topic, or are not commenting at all. It’s possible they don’t understand what’s written or have depleted their concentration reserves.
I don’t know about you, but I want my readers to comprehend what I share. After all, I have new bloggers showing up and I certainly don’t want them leaving because it appears I assume they know what I’m talking about.
Granted, there are times when it’s necessary for a reader to do additional homework in order to understand blogging, but on average, my hope is I can appeal to the widest audience possible.
Our readers are showing up from all over the world. Even though our first language may be English and our ability to comprehend may be higher than others, in many instances, that’s not the case.
Knowing this, I don’t have a problem simplifying what I share.
Do you think a blogger should write below their education or intelligence level just to please their readers?
Have you ever landed on a site which made no sense to you, all because of the language the author used?
Care to share?
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Interesting fact: The longest word, according to Wikipedia, is Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. The definition is:
“a factitious word alleged to mean a lung disease caused by the inhalation of very fine silica dust, causing inflammation in the lungs.'” A condition meeting the word’s definition is normally called silicosis.