Blog #2: M.B.A’s are having some trouble with words. What’s up with that?

It appears that students who hold a bachelor’s degree in business sometimes have trouble writing correctly.

Most people might think that holding any type of bachelor’s degree gives a person writing skills, but that is not so.

M.B.A’s often don’t know to not be so wordy. On the other hand, they may be not explaining enough.

Students are sometimes taught to use a “big” word instead of a “small” one.

For example, feeling “sad” and feeling “melancholy.” One of those is excessively big for no reason. Can you tell which?

It is not that hard to tell what is going wrong. We are taught in high school to not use simple language. Business does not work that way.

Ernest Hemingway has something to say about the use of words. He and Faulkner were long time critics of each other. Hemingway said this of Faulkner:

“Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words? He thinks I don’t know the ten-dollar words. I know them all right. But there are older and simpler and better words, and those are the ones I use.”

Don’t be a Faulkner.

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  1. As someone who’s only lately realized that I’ve been a writer for many years (“but this is just stuff for work; it isn’t “real” writing”). I appreciate your bringing in advice from literary greats. And I enjoy the related articles and links.

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