January 24th, 2013 03:02 am (UTC)
At work, we make black computer boxes that help people fly across the world without getting lost. My job is to help my team make the things work well. If the computer boxes work well, then people who fly are safe. If the computer boxes break or do not work well, then people who fly could get hurt or die.
I have to write my name on a piece of paper that promises that each computer box works the way it should. If people go flying but get lost, I am the one that gets in trouble. When something goes wrong, I am the one that has to find the true cause of the problem. I then have to find a way to fix that cause so that problem never happens again.
One thing I do at work to keep people safe is to write words to tell my team friends how to make the computer boxes. My friends at work with big brains think of how to make the computer boxes. However, my big-brained friends do not write well. I fix their words so we will usually build the computer boxes the right way.
My big-brained friends often use long or strange words instead of short, every-day words. Short, every-day words are best. It is not good to use long or strange words, because they confuse people.
It is also not good to use words that mean two things at once. If a word means two things, someone will always guess the wrong thing.
Using too many words at once is also bad, even if the words are short and easy. If you can't explain an idea in 20 words or less, people will get confused. Also, if you need more than 20 words to explain an idea, you might not really understand the idea yourself.
The world would be a better place if people used clear, easy words to write and speak.