As the LIDC's resident word nerd, I'm a strong believer in plain language. If you want to keep me happy, write it short, simple, and to the point. If you want me to work for a living, throw in as much passively dense academese as you can lay your hands on. The Purist by Ogden Nash I give you now Professor Twist, A conscientious scientist, Trustees exclaimed, "He never bungles!" And sent him off to distant jungles. Camped on a tropic riverside, One day he missed his loving bride. She had, the guide informed him later, Been eaten by an alligator. Professor Twist could not but smile. "You mean," he said, "a crocodile."

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