Beware the Dandelions!

Beware the Dandelions!

Like dandelions, some words are pretty but fragile.  A puff of air and they disintegrate!

For example, take the word "simple."  Unless you can finish the sentence "simple in that...." in a few words that convince others of the simplicity, you've got yourself a dandelion.

Other dandelions:

Tractable

Rich

Sophisticated

Important

Bridge

Unite

Contribution

 

If you spot a dandelion in your writing, first try to give it meaning: tractable in that there are....; bridge in the sense that....; contribution because.....

 

If you succeed in giving it meaning, perhaps you no longer need the word itself.  Instead, you're showing people what you mean by it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post by Varanya Chaubey
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Faculty Corner: Prof. Richard Rogerson

Faculty Corner: Prof. Richard Rogerson

The Biggest Writing Problem

The Biggest Writing Problem