Ever had one of those moments when you can’t find the right word?
That’s were an editor comes into play. Editors are trained to consider word choice, down to slight technicalities involving the differences in the definitions of words like expansion versus development. It may seem small, but these slight differences can have a big impact on your content.
Sometimes it can be hard to spot when a word is out of place. Take the word progress, for example. It’s defined as “a movement toward a goal or objective, gradual betterment.” It describes the act of moving forward in general. While a word like advancement means “the action of advancing; progression to a higher stage of development.” It is specific forward movement regarding when one reaches the next level.
Next time you’re stumped for a word, consider the exact meaning you’re trying to convey. This can help distinguish the better choice.