Familiar Versus Unfamiliar Words

2020-01-14T14:03:51-05:00

Familiar Versus Unfamiliar Words by Dana Eckstein Among the many choices we must make as writers is whether to serve up words our readers will digest without a thought or to broaden their palates with words that may be strange to them. In this guest post, Dana Eckstein from the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory explores the tension between "efficiency" and "invention." When I was little, I entertained a regular argument with my father. He earned a living as a lawyer, well-coiffed with a gray suit, satin tie, and a gleaming leather briefcase in which he neatly stored all his legal briefs [...]