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May 29 2009   1:33PM GMT

Which is correct — simple or simplistic?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

typing Which is correct?
A good markup language should be as ________ as possible, rather than needlessly complicated.
a. simple
b. simplistic

Answer: a.

Explanation: Something that’s simple is reduced to its basic elements; something that’s simplistic is reduced beyond that so that something is lacking. A simplistic argument, for example, is one that is invalid because it ignores the complexities of the issues involved.

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