Today’s Wednesday Word is not a tip, but an exhortation: When speaking, be neither precious nor pretentious. Be clear. Say what you mean.
What does it mean to be “precious and pretentious” in this case? In short, it is the use of multisyllabic, “$50 words” and corporate speak when clear, more direct language is much more effective.
I completely understand the impulse to use such words in our work life. We want to sound professional, knowledgeable and perhaps even a bit sophisticated when we speak with colleagues and clients. We “know our stuff” and want to show it. And occasionally, the big, “$50 word” is the most precise one.
Often, it is not. Using clear and direct language and is best.