Writing & Editing 24 complex words—and their simpler alternatives As a general rule, writers should use simple words in the place of complex ones. Otherwise, readers are often confused. Here are two dozen examples. By Laura Hale BrockwayNov. 3, 2015 SHARE Ragan Insider Premium Content To read the full story, log in. Become a Ragan Insider member to read this article and all other archived content. Sign up today Already a member? Log in here. Learn more about Ragan Insider.