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Dan Klein’s Vocabulary Aphorism

Let your vocabulary be a source of pride not for the words it competently includes but for the words it scrupulously excludes.

 

BTW, terms I exclude:

  • positive/normative
  • objective, subjective
  • absolutism [ethical or moral]/relativism
  • consequentialist, deontological
  • utilitarian
  • rational
  • capitalism
The exclusion is relatively absolute. In certain contexts I might use utilitarians to refer to a specific set of thinkers who describe themselves as “utilitarians.”

One I don't exclude as strictly as the foregoing but try to avoid:

  • self-interest