Readability:Why are polysyllabic words hard to read?
By Guðrún Gústafsdóttir
A polysyllabic word is a word with more than three syllables. In general usage, a polysyllabic word is a word which is regarded as lengthy. Polysyllabic writing or speech is often regarded as elaborate, overly lengthy or excessively complex.
Reasons why you should avoid using polysyllabic words:
- People with dyslexia and other learning disabilities have difficulties comprehending polysyllabic words.
- People with poor language understanding and/or processing may find it difficult to read and understand polysyllabic words.
- Polysyllabic words are likely to make the meaning of your content more difficult to grasp.
- It is faster for users to scan through pages when reading if it consists of simple and straightforward words.