If you’ve read (or watched) The Giver, you know about that dystopian community’s emphasis on precise language. Never say “I’m starving” when you simply mean that you’re hungry.
When you’re writing, precision and accuracy of language also matter. While at a conference this past week, I learned that precision could mean that you have a bunch of words that all mean pretty much the same thing, but none of those words is really accurate, in that they hit the target directly and say exactly what you wanted to say.
In today’s culture, we have a bad habit of using euphemisms and weasel words to obscure our intent and meaning. We speak and write to make ourselves and what we’re saying look good, but the underlying truth behind what we’re speaking and writing is something totally different. It could be precise, but it’s not accurate.
Make sure you say what you mean. Making what you’re saying unclear can only lead to confusion for your reader, and your job as the writer is to make the reader’s job easier. If they have to work to figure out your true meaning, they probably aren’t going to read much more of your writing.