Busy writing essays for summer research, scholarships, job applications, etc? Hot tip: beware of "zombie nouns" that will make your writing dull and confusing for readers. Learn how to avoid turning your writing into the walking dead from TED.
When you make a noun out of other parts of speech, you create a "nominalization". This TED-Ed video is based on Helen Sword's NYT op-ed of July 23, 2012, where she calls these nominalizations "zombie nouns" (much more memorable!). Her reasoning is that zombie nouns "cannibalize active verbs and suck…