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Time for a language diet

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Words can be beautiful.

They can also be downright wooden.

They can transport you with an image you’ve never thought of, delight you with their balance and interplay, and lead you in new directions. Used properly an carefully, they can set you off in new directions as completely as music can.

They can also clog your brain with needless complexity, forcing you to stop reading and causing you to have to try to figure out what the writer or speaker is trying to say.

When an aquaculture company spokesman, for example, talks about “mortalities” instead of talking about “dead salmon,” it takes you a second to catch up with the fact that the two are the same thing — except that the........

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