The dictionary is your friend!

As I said in a recent post, "I use big words. Not just occasionally, but in everyday conversation. I don't do it consciously, but they seem to pop up no matter what I'm talking about or with whom." But because I use "big words", I know how important it is to use the right words, and always have a dictionary handy when I'm writing papers or formal documents. This tendency means I also notice more than other people might when those words are used incorrectly.

So when I'm reading reports from my chapters, I can't help but be amused by the students' attempts to sound official. Usually, it's pretty obvious who is comfortable with such writing, and who's merely trying to put on a good show. And bless their hearts, the latter try so hard...you can see them trying not to use their normal conversational tone, and trying to sound "proper". While I hesitate to say anything for fear of embarrassing them, I wish I could explain to them that they don't have to impress me with their writing, that I'm more concerned with the thorough content than I am the exquisite writing. I think it's so sweet that they want so badly to make a good impression...but it would make me even happier if they would just be themselves. I hate that they don't think that's good enough.

Where I am: Home
What I am reading: Sweetwater by Roxana Robinson

Comments

Adrianne said…
It's like review sessions for initiates... we just had one this week for the local chapter... um, guys, it's not about how many points you get in the jeopardy review game, it's whether you know the material.

Duh.

Although, in a world of image-bombardment, it's difficult to get through the muck and understand that substance and knowledge, i.e. content, is more important than flash or scores.

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