Convoluted Sense

Remember the first Rubik’s cube. Remember how hard it was to put all of the colors together on each side. Now think about that puzzle you always brought out for company or family visits. A puzzle that had 100 pieces or more was always the hardest to put together, especially if one section of the puzzle represented a sky.

Now compare your analysis that is filled with convoluted language and tangled phrasing to a Rubik’s cube and a puzzle. When you write in such a way that even you can’t understand your writing, your reader loses all grip on the reality you are presenting within your paper and consequently loses interest.

Convoluted phrasing is the equivalent to marrying political rhetoric and philosophy and placing these two different ideas under one umbrella. Convoluted phrasing is similar to an unsolvable math problem, which is oxymoronic. The math problem is hard to understand and is so complicated that it is more encouraging to quit than to continue. In the same vein, a paper filled with convoluted sense is hard to untangle, because if you can’t remember how you first found the information, then you can’t untangle the data.  It is probable that you may have to start over.

The best method for preventing this from happening to you is to keep it simple. Once you can outline the simple, you can move to the next level of writing. Just know this: Sophisticated writing and well-fashioned rhetoric is not the same thing as convoluted and tangled phrasing. They are completely different.

People who write with sophistication know the value of words and understand the function of each element within a grammatical sentence. The writer who thinks and writes in language that is hard to comprehend just doesn’t understand the purpose of a sentence and grammar as a whole.

Copyright 2011 Regina Y. Favors. All Rights Reserved.

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