Can you describe your science using common words?
Every once in a while the internet produces something elegant. Here’s a simple and, in my opinion, brilliant web text editor that forces you to use only the 1,000 most common words in the English language.
Here’s my attempt at describing my research:
Try it. Whether or not you are satisfied with the result, I think going through this intellectual exercise is worth it. I was forced to pause and think about what word to use several times. I’ve already passed this on to my graduate students and some colleagues. I will definitely use this in the future for teaching as well.
Highly Allochthonous is compiling a list of examples from many geoscientists.