Once in a while I have to nag! And I'm not alone. Consider Oxford University professor Richard Dawkins: “Obscurantism in a … subject expands to fill the vacuum of its intrinsic simplicity.” Or, comedian George Carlin (Napalm and Silly Putty, 2002): “People add extra words when they want things to sound more important than they really are.” Finally, writing guru William Zinsser (adapted from On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction, 25th anniversary edition, 2001)

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