Do you ever roll your eyes at manuals?
I do, at least when the writing is full of showy words that make the meaning unclear. I love technical documents, and I know technical writers often have to deal with weird requirements. So I roll my eyes with affection, but still…they roll.
A few years ago, I started keeping this list of showy words. When I notice a new one, I add it, along with a couple simple alternatives. It’s a good reminder to use the simplest word that expresses my meaning. Hey, I don’t want to make my own list [she said nervously].
The latest is “optics,” if you’re wondering. Yes, this is my idea of fun…why do you ask?!
|Showy Word||Simple Alternatives|
|conceptualize||think about, plan|
|datafication||relies on data to work|
|epic||important, impressive, ambitious|
|function||work, purpose, role|
|herein||in this document|
|innovate||invent, update, change|
|innumerable||many, too many|
|monetize||turn into profit, make money from|
|obviate||avoid, prevent, remove|
|synergy||work well together|
|touch base||meet, talk, call|