Dumbing Down English

Sitting at work during “turnout” we were being lectured about whatever they happen to be stressing this month. I whispered to someone at my table “Okay, I’m going to take copious notes on this.” Then I paused and added, “In case you don’t know, copious means ‘a lot’.” Someone said, “Why didn’t you just say that then?”

Another time I used the word “dilemma” and nobody knew what it meant. In fact, people were saying, “Boyd used a big word!”

To talk to the average person, it seems, you have to dumb down English. Is this why Trump is president?

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