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[META] Increasing vocabulary

[META] Increasing vocabulary
June 14, 2011, 03:48:01 PM
The problem with this is that a lot of anus-people try too hard and end up sounding either ridiculous or incoherent, when what they're trying to say could be done with much simpler words.  While that's not inherently bad, as it is good practice for those usually young kids who do it, it is still a better habit to use language with a focus toward efficiency, making it much easier to discuss the complex ideas which actually require elevated speech.

[META] Increasing vocabulary
June 14, 2011, 07:09:27 PM
it is still a better habit to use language with a focus toward efficiency

This is entirely down to what you're using language for.  If you're giving orders, don't beat about the bush; if you're writing poetry, don't do that awful thing of trying not to use descriptive language so that you can be all artsy and reactionary etc.

Flowery language has its time and place, as does simple language.

[META] Increasing vocabulary
June 15, 2011, 11:35:54 AM
The problem with this is that a lot of anus-people try too hard and end up sounding either ridiculous or incoherent, when what they're trying to say could be done with much simpler words. 

I agree, when that's true; it is not as true as often as our critics would like to think, and their bias is evident, since most of them are busy playing prole to try to appear "authentic."

Simpler words are great for simpler concepts.

However, vocabulary is fun to use, and language should be fun, even if that's politically incorrect.

[META] Increasing vocabulary
June 16, 2011, 11:54:47 PM
Scientific theories value simplicity. If the facts suggest two competing hypotheses equally, the simplest one is usually accepted. So if you can say something with less baggage, then do it. If you can't, and if what your picking out in reality requires the fancy word, then do that.