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Less is More, More or Less
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary 'ornamental vocabulary' walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. (1 Peter 5:8)
Of course, a flowery turn of phrase is no more the devil's handiwork than are idle hands. My point is that words do not make the writer. The writer's job is to convey ideas and emotions, not to make a show of adverbs and adjectives.
Write only that which is absolutely necessary. Choose words that make it easy for your reader to understand your intention. When you do, an amazing thing will happen: Your reader will without a second thought go on to your next idea.
Resist verbosity, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by all good writers in the world. (1 Peter 5:9 sort of)
This post was inspired by a conversation with my son Jay. He told me tonight that he had written a good term paper, however it was short of its required length. The idea of a minimum word count always bothered me. Instead, why not teach how to write clear and concise? More words don't make it more right.