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The power of simple words - Terin Izil

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Long, fancy words designed to show off your intelligence and vocabulary are all very well, but they aren't always the best words. In this short, playful video Terin Izil explains why simple, punchy language is often the clearest way to convey a message.

The author thinks that speakers and writers are “fighting for space in an attention span that continues to shrink across generations.” What does she mean by this, and do you think it’s true? If it is true, what’s driving it, and is it necessarily a bad thing? If it’s false, why do you think the author (and other people too) have this impression?

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