Pontificate
I try to be a kind person and better my life. However, sometimes people deserve a “push” to “encourage proper behavior.” While I try to avoid harmful activities, I occasionally lose my temper.
My positive outlook is prevalent in my writing, which means my good characters have open minds and do the right thing. Granted, one of my heroes is heading down the wrong path. But he admits his faults and feels terrible about his destructive actions. Likewise, my villains are not too evil, and their negative motivations are clear.
The overall goal of an author is for their readers to enjoy their creations. To accomplish this, I spend hours editing, developing the plot, and formatting. But what could I have done to make my work more difficult? How about a topic that is offensive or irrelevant? I could also forgo editing. That would undoubtedly make my works less appealing. How about doing something good that is actually bad?
I could impress my four blog readers with my outstanding vocabulary. Yes, I could spin a pontification of verbal delight. Spellbinding my proponents with superior linguistic enchantment. To that, I say poppycock.
I dislike intentionally flowery sentences. Other writers intentionally use their linguistic skills to impress or intimidate their readers. (They scare readers into thinking the work is high-brow because the reader’s vocabulary is lacking.) I find this writing behavior to be arrogant, and the results anger readers. This activity results in lost sales, which is bad for all authors.
What about a technical or legal book/article/paper? Authors loaded such documents with specific terms rarely used in normal speech. However, that type of language is to be expected because of the document type, and, understandably, an inexperienced reader will find these documents difficult.
Why don’t we (society) use “pontificate” more often? Readers and writers have more accepted/universal/appropriate words. Who makes this choice? Evolution? Automated grammar checkers? Students? Newspaper editors? Popular culture? Teachers? Writers? The global English-speaking blob? Hard to say, but we universally choose not to use that word, and here is the proof:
That list revealed, “the” is #1, and pontificate is #50,705 out of 2,923,835 words. (Note: that many of the words after 100,000 are nonsense. IE computer-generated junk or common misspellings.) FYI, bill is #914. Not too bad:)
The true power of a writer shows up in their word choices. Each sentence should stand out as a perfect gem that ties in with the last sentence, conveys a solid concept, and leads readers to the following sentence. There are no extra words and concepts effortlessly flow into the reader's minds. How? 99.999% of the time, readers can understand each word without a dictionary because there is no pontification to consider. See? That sentence tripped you up even though you knew I would try something silly like that.

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October 27, 2021
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