This anti-nominalization movement is starting to display momentum!

I’ve just learned about this very effective TED Ed video on “zombie nouns”–more commonly known as nominalizations (see Joseph Williams’ great book Style: Toward Clarity and Grace for all you need to know about these and how to avoid them). Learn about ’em and avoid ’em when you can!

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2 responses to “This anti-nominalization movement is starting to display momentum!

  1. Klaus Schilling

    I love reading fiction with lots of nominalisations; consequently, I will not be deterred by any of your propaganda from writing nominalisations shamelessly and mercilessly in to my own productions of fiction.

    • Well, that’s fine, of course. My campaign against overusing nominalizations is restricted to (English-language) academic, scientific and professional communications, where clarify and concision are essential and, I think, ethical requirements. Fiction has different goals than expository writing, and what is problematic in one can be wonderful in the other. I’m sure you’ll agree that context and genre matter.
      Enjoy the undeterred production of fiction with a high amount of nominalization.

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