Tag: words

22Apr

Will Self on Obscure Words

Novelist Will Self writes for the BBC:

words, no matter how torturous, don’t leap out of books and articles and assault you. You have to go looking for them.

No, now I confine myself to making the rueful point that although the subject matter of my stories and novels – which includes such phenomena as sexual deviance, drug addiction and mental illness – has become quite unexceptionable, the supposedly difficult language they are couched in seems to have become more and more offensive to readers.

It’s well worth reading the rest.