The source of bad writing

The source of bad writing

Author – Steven Pinker
[Reprinted from the Wall Street Journal with the author’s permission]

Why is so much writing so bad? Why is it so hard to understand a government form, or an academic article or the instructions for setting up a wireless home network?

The most popular explanation is that opaque prose is a deliberate choice. Bureaucrats insist on gibberish to cover their anatomy.

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