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64 Surefire Strategies for Being Understood When Communicating with Co-Workers by Walter St. John

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CHAPTER 5

Word and Language Use

Develop an Extensive Vocabulary

Tis what I feel, but can’t define, tis what I know, but can’t express.

—Beilby Porteus

A person’s vocabulary is the sum and variety of words he or she has available to use when speaking or writing.

The bigger your vocabulary, the better. By having an extensive vocabulary you are able to choose the exact words that best say what you want to say about something. The use of precise language is required for a person to get understood optimally.

Generally, use short, simple words and plain, easy-to-understand language rather than long words and fancy language. However, it is permissible to use long words when they most precisely express what you are thinking and feeling. The fact is ...

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