Must profs always use long words?

Academics often use long words. Must they always do so?

To make a point, the economist Paul Samuelson once wrote a tour de force of a paper, ending with the following remarkable punchline:

No need to say more. I’ve made my point. And, save for the last word, have done so in prose of but one syllable.

The punchline is accurate. The whole paper is one words of one syllable, except the final word: syllable itself.

The paper Why We Should Not Make Mean Log of Wealth Big Though Years to Act Are Long is available at

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