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You can be a professional accountant and use simple

I think somewhere during the journey towards our professional accounting qualification we adopt accounting-speak. Some of the words we learn to use are very specific and we have to use them. I’m thinking of words like depreciation.

But there is tendency also towards overwriting and using words that are pretentious. We write facilitate instead of manage; dialogue instead of talk about; apologise instead of say sorry.

The end result is writing that is longer and more complicated than it needs to be. We do it to sound professional. We do it to justify our fees. We do it because we can.

I urge you, though, not to do it. Use short words. Write so that your reader gets your message. If they understand what you are telling them about their business they will know you’re a professional.

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