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By TIM STANLEY
World Staff Writer
When Dan Marder took up the fight against bad writing, not even his fellow academics could escape the wrath of his critical pen.
Or as the former professor might put it — especially not his fellow academics, since they were often some of the worst offenders.
Marder, a decorated World War II veteran and former journalist who chaired the University of Tulsa’s English department, earned a national reputation for writing about the technical writing trade, particularly in the fields of education, business, industry and government.
Big words, jargon and convoluted sentences muddle meaning, which Marder declared a “con game.”
“A pride in obscuring rather than a pride in clarifying” has developed, Marder said in a 1979 World interview after he received an award from the Society of Technical Communication.
Read more from this Tulsa World article at http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?subjectid=58&articleid=20100627_11_A19_WhenDa385403