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The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation


It's not the same as simple. It means "oversimplified," as in Your simplistic argument leaves out too many facts.

At a memorial service, a well-meaning soul remembered a renowned artist as "a simplistic man." Some occasions are too solemn for foolish language lapses. Trying to express something commendable, the speaker instead said the dear departed had been a simpleton.

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