Why do so many writers use words that might be difficult for some readers?

I’ve never understood this. The message becomes more difficult to decipher, and more than half the time I quit reading due to the complexity of the article/blog/novel. Why wouldn’t you want a more simple message, that could target a broader audience?

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  1. aryaatrapti@yahoo.co.in'Rajani Arya

    Dear Laura

    It was really helpful, Thanks for your blog.
    Looking forward to find some more……….

    Wid Luv
    Rajani rya

  2. joe@feedthearts.com'Joseph Zygnerski

    That Neuromancer line is one of the best there is.

    I think you can use a certain amount of bigger words, as long as you have a reasonable chance that your readers will understand you. Really obscure words don’t help your writing, though.

    What always gets me is when writers use words that are easily misunderstood. The big one is “bemused,” which doesn’t sound at all like what it means. It took me years to find out the meaning, and I’m never sure if a writer knows, especially if it’s not clear from the context.