Use of Complex Words vs. Regular Words

Use of Complex Words vs. Regular Words

I love sentences written in dramatic way more than the
sentences stuffed with complex words. You, on the other hand, may have a
different take on it.

Employment of composite synonyms in
place of straightforward words sometimes turns the middling reader off. It
leaves the writer’s image as a pretentious intellectual in the reader’s mind.


Use of simple and regular words
puts the erudite reader off. Straightforward and plain formation bores them.
They enjoy the write-ups stuffed with complex words as their vocabulary
develops this way and they learn new words.

Giving predilection to difficult
nomenclature in your publication polishes it too. It endows a contrast to your

So, how to balance the average-reader
friendliness and the intellectual-reader friendliness in your work?

Are your write-ups only to serve a specific
class of people?


You want to reach the masses?

There’s Black Area of intellectual-readers
and then there’s White Area of average-readers. It’s your job to find, if not
find, then to create Gray Area in it. Because…

If we consider the written pieces
with regular words best, then there is no point of working on the vocabulary or
having an academic degree in the literary field.


If we consider the written pieces
with complex words best, then there is no point of writing for the masses as such
pieces serve as a sweet dish to the intellectual-readers, but a bitter one for
the average-readers.
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How and where to use complex and
Regular words?

1. Use of
complex words 
The best practice is to use the
word whose meaning fits correctly with the context and topic. Nothing beats
that. There is vocabulary of science, business, and technology which we cannot
and must not alter. Similarly in general writing, the writer uses the words
that have more literature value. Out-of-the mainstream words are also used
where one has to use analogy. But, keep the percentage of usage of these words
in the write-up balanced. One such word after two or three sentences adds good

If you are an average-reader and
reading a fictional article, a story or a random topic that you like, then you
might find some words in the article for which you need to open up a
dictionary. It’s not bad to learn a new
So, chew on it! Improving vocabulary is good thing. Grow yourself as
a reader even if the growth rate is 0.0001% a day.

2. Use of
Regular Words 

The How-to, What-is and Informatory
articles are written to explain the technicalities of specific topics to the
uninitiated. Writing simple words is a NEED for these articles. These are meant
to be written as simple as possible for easy understanding. If the write-up
still contains hard words, then job’s not done!

Conclusion: If we talk about the
use of both kinds of words, then the verdict is


As written above: Don’t go for
complete Black and White, find or create the Gray Area.

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