“When Calvin explained to Hobbes, “With a little practice, writing can be an intimidating and impenetrable fog,” he got it backward. Fog comes easily to writers; it’s the clarity that requires practice.”
Why Academics’ Writing Stinks – The Chronicle Review – The Chronicle of Higher Education.
“Few graduate programs teach writing. Few academic journals stipulate clarity among their criteria for acceptance, and few reviewers and editors enforce it. While no academic would confess to shoddy methodology or slapdash reading, many are blasé about their incompetence at writing…. In writing badly, we are wasting each other’s time, sowing confusion and error, and turning our profession into a laughingstock.” Academics (and others) do well to remember what they were taught in middle school: consider audience and purpose and write for the ear.
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