Saturday, 8 December 2012

Simple does not mean Simplistic

“When you're drowning you don't think, I would be incredibly pleased if someone would notice I'm drowning and come and rescue me. You just scream.” 
― John Lennon

Just a short post on this beautiful Sunday morning about the power of simple words and how saying something in its barest and simplest form is often the most effective way to go in clear communication.  I was thinking about how we are writing amazing poetry in Grade 7 and refining thesis statements in Grade 8. Both require clarity of thought, a careful choice of words and intent.   Have a look at this short video by Terin Izil, animated by Sunni Brown, then read on.  I stumbled upon this a couple of days ago and thought it would be  something interesting to consider and think about.


Having a wide vocabulary and building a repertoire of words is important, and sure, "big" words have a place in language and expression. But knowing when to use which words together depending on what you want to say is key. And like I always tell you guys, just because the best words to use are simple,  that doesn't make the ideas simplistic. Meaning that's complex and complicated can emerge from it being articulated simply, with nothing to distract or muddle what you'd like to say.  

What do you think?  How do you choose your words?  How do you know that you have chosen the "perfect" words to express your ideas perfectly?  Let me know. Leave a comment or write a post about it.  

Have a great Sunday, guys. 

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