There is a dichotomy between a clichéd writing style and honing in on simplistic, pleasing writing.
Yes, that is an awful introduction, for a number of reasons.
Let's explain why: Harvard cognitive scientist and linguist Steven Pinker explored the most common words and phrases people misuse in his book The Sense of Style.
He identified a number of common mistakes, some of which featured previously in this article (and probably throughout too).
Here are a few of our favourites:
Means detrimental, not averse or disinclined.
There were adverse conditions.
I'm adverse to that suggestion.
This is a noun, not an adjective.
Writers frequently used clichés.
This article is so clichéd.
This means believable and does not mean credulous or gullible.
The manifesto was not credible.
The political party took advantage of credulous people.
A dichotomy consists of two mutually exclusive alternatives and does not mean simply a difference.
There is a dichotomy between even and odd numbers.
There is a dichotomy between chocolate bars and snacks containing nuts.
This means to sharpen, not to surround or encroach upon.
I am honing my writing skills.
I am honing in on my writing skills.
This actually means...
A variable, not a boundary or a limit.
The weather forecast is based on certain environmental parameters.
I am working within the parameters of my budget.
This means naïve or overly simple, not pleasingly simple .
The answer to my question was simplistic.
I'm looking for a solution that is simplistic.
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