Story of a lost journalist

June 26, 2008

Simplicity is the essence of good language, says Simple Cris

Filed under: My Musing Moments,Theory — Cris @ 22:00
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It has been brought to my notice that my entries are sometimes cryptic. And it’s also been conveyed that there is no need to assume it’s my fabulous language that makes it so. Because, they tell me, my language is not that. I have been diminished to lower primary school text book language writer standards!

Well I dare say lower primary school text book writers are more than fabulous. They are fantabulous. And I would have gone on to say more, but my vocabulary stops short at fantabulous. Whatever comes after fantabulous, they are that!

I have always believed simplicity is the essence of good language. Reason, anything unsimple is only good for that – to look unsimple and ferocious and scare you. Infact complex language is like a monster. If movie monsters use fire and teeth and big noises to scare people, language monsters use enormously gigantic words. Words that could have done very well without ever having become words. They could have formed a language by themselves. “Boo we are the big words and we form the big language. Buhuhaha Buhuhaha”
There, a tagline is all ready; they just have to take it up from here now.

All said, it’s true that though we can fit all the words we’d need into one thin book, sometimes language doesn’t become language without the right words. It is not always the right meaning that you look for; sometimes it’s the right words that could say what you want them to say and give the feel you want them to give. I find myself using synonyms dot com when I won’t be happy with the word I came up with. Sometimes a different/stronger word just has to be there.

But bringing unheard words when they are not called for, to show its presence in your vocabulary should be a strict no-no. Cause rule number 1 for any writer is to make no compromise where language is concerned; it’s got a beauty of its own if we leave it natural. Add jumbo words and you are using make-up!

And I have just proved that I am a simple minded creature with simple words and simple language and anyone who calls me not simple is just not simple enough 😀


  1. Yes. I have to agree that your language is Simple and Elegant.
    BTW have you heard about the Initiative in UK to take out jargon at the local government level – here

    Comment by Minking Than — June 26, 2008 @ 22:23 | Reply

  2. he he…ya, ur language is simple even if its nothing else :P.
    And dont change your name to Simple Cris. Clumsy is the better name 😛

    Comment by Prem — June 26, 2008 @ 22:30 | Reply

  3. Yea – Clumsy Crissie rhymes better than Simple Cris 😀

    Comment by Anoop John — June 26, 2008 @ 22:37 | Reply

  4. Simply clumsy crissie sissiee… !! Rhyming better now! 😀
    What i like in your writing is conveying simple thoughts in simple language…. And some funny vocabulary!

    Comment by Srijith — June 26, 2008 @ 23:05 | Reply

  5. @Minking Than, thanks. Thats news to me, lets see how the people take it.
    @Prem, Clumsy is just a name, Simple is the character 😀
    @Anoop John, true 🙂
    @Srijith, Sri bro crooky bro, thanks bro thats exactly how I mean it to be 🙂

    Comment by Cris — June 27, 2008 @ 10:33 | Reply

  6. Well said. I agree with you that simplicity is the essence of elegant writing.

    Comment by Philip — June 27, 2008 @ 12:51 | Reply

  7. yeah! Simplicity adds beauty to writing. Both, disarray of simple words and well placed tough words can make it a poor read.

    Comment by rose — June 28, 2008 @ 04:10 | Reply

  8. @Philip, thank you 🙂
    @rose, wow Ros you are becoming pretty elegant yourself!

    Comment by Cris — June 28, 2008 @ 10:51 | Reply

  9. True, indeed! If you need a dictionary to understand a piece of writing, it becomes too tiresome to read. I believe that writing should be a natural flow of words peppered with all that is required to grab the attention of the reader till the end:-)

    Comment by Novice Writer — June 30, 2008 @ 09:20 | Reply

  10. @Novice Writer, well-said! Add a bit of humor and tension to it and bingo your readers are captivated (or so you dream them to be!)! 😀

    Comment by Cris — July 1, 2008 @ 01:58 | Reply

  11. I would like to say that you are a Common Man’s Writer, with a simple language which is not simply usual.

    Comment by Javed Miandad — February 24, 2012 @ 21:07 | Reply

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