By Jack Limpert
A letter to the editor in yesterday’s Washington Post:
Using Fancy Words Gratuitously
I wish journalists would heed the advice in “The Elements of Style,” Strunk and White’s classic book on writing, which includes “avoid fancy words.” Despite this sound advice, journalists continue to bombard us with foreign phrases just to let us know that they are highly intelligent. Does it ever occur to them that most of their readers won’t know what the fancy words mean?