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- Keep it simple?
According to Jan de Jong, expert in the field of speeches and presentations, oversimplified language is not appropriate in formal contexts (such as the 'speech from the throne' given every year by the queen of the Netherlands). It can come across as a bit ludicrous. Linguists and other language experts have concluded that increased simplification of language use can lead to misunderstandings and loss of comprehension. 'Clear' and 'simple' are, therefore, not always synonymous.