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Chapter 3. Writing Style > Style That Could Offend the Reader

Style That Could Offend the Reader

At times, stylistic considerations must go beyond issues of preference. You must also be aware of writing style that could offend the reader. Though offending the reader is not your intention, the use of humor and sexist linguistic conventions can offend. Humor and, especially, sexism are inappropriate in technical writing.

You can also offend the reader by being unintentionally condescending. In keeping your message clear, do not mistake economy of expression for simplicity. Do not underestimate the technical sophistication of the reader.


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