Anglo Saxon vs. Latin Words

To write simply, choose words of Anglo-Saxon origin over words with Latin or Greek roots. Anglo-Saxon words are usually shorter, and they tend to be specific and body-centered, where Latin and Greek words, as we use them, tend to be abstract and mind-centered.

As a writer, this helps you achieve two things. First, your prose will be easier to read because the words are shorter and more widely used. Second, the specific, body-related words reach your reader’s emotions more directly. It’s like a form of Deep POV based on word usage itself.

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There are more Latin and Greek words in our language than Anglo-Saxon words, so again, you might have to look harder for a simple word than a long one.

Author: Liz Hayes

Liz Hayes is the author of “How To Write Faster”. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and children, where she works as an analyst for a think tank inside the capital beltway. She is fascinated by medieval reenactment and writes fanfiction under the penname Uvatha the Horseman.

2 thoughts on “Anglo Saxon vs. Latin Words”

  1. Nice read, I just passed this onto a friend who was doing some research on that. And he actually bought me lunch because I found it for him smile Therefore let me rephrase that: Thank you for lunch!
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  2. You’re very welcome! I’m glad it was useful. (Coincidentally, I’m having lunch today with a computational semantics linguist friend, who loooves talking about Latin and middle English root words.)

    Liz

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