Academic jargon and pretentious theory will create your prose turgid, absurd, and downright irritating.

Academic jargon and pretentious theory will create your prose turgid, absurd, and downright irritating.

Historians value plain English.Your professor will suspect you are attempting to conceal which you have actually small to express. Needless to say, historians can’t get on without some concept; also people who profess to own no concept really do—it’s called naпve realism. And quite often you want a technical term, be it ontological argument or environmental fallacy. If you use concept or technical terms, be sure that they’ve been intelligible and do genuine intellectual lifting. Please, no sentences such as this: “By way of a neo-Althusserian, post-feminist hermeneutics, this essay will de/construct the logo/phallo/centrism imbricated in the marginalizing post-colonial gendered gaze, therefore proliferating the subjectivities which will re/present the de/stabilization associated with the essentializing habitus of post-Fordist capitalism.”

Casual language/slang.

You don’t should be stuffy, but stick to formal English prose for the sort that may be comprehensible to future generations. More →