The Writing Center @ The University of Wisconsin - Madison
The Writer's Handbook
Clear, Concise, Sentences

Avoid unnecessarily inflated words

While a large vocabulary is useful, you should try to avoid using inflated diction if a simpler phrase works equally well.

Examples

Inflated: cognizant of

Simple: aware of, knows

Inflated: facilitate

Simple: help

Inflated: impact on

Simple: affect

Inflated: implement

Simple: start, create, carry out, begin

Inflated: subsequent to

Simple: after

Inflated: utilize

Simple: use