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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Video: Say What You Mean | Terin Izil, TED-Ed

In this short, playful video Terin Izil explains why simple, punchy language is often the clearest way to convey a message.
 As the introductory text at this site also says:
Long, fancy words designed to show off your intelligence and vocabulary are all very well, but they aren't always the best words. 
To help teach the lesson of the video, the site also includes:
  • a five-question quiz
  • discussion questions about this significant statement: 
The author thinks that speakers and writers are “fighting for space in an attention span that continues to shrink across generations.”
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This article is featured today (Aug. 18) in Garbl's Plain English Paragraphs--available at the Plain Language tab above and by free email subscription. For more advice on this topic, visit Garbl's Concise Writing GuideThis free guide provides alternatives to overstated, pompous words; wordy, bureaucratic phrases; and verbose, sometimes amusing redundant phrases.

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