There was a time when adding suffixes to more common words added a unique edge to writing. After being abused for several decades, it might be time to put an end to that.
A perfectly good word is just that – “perfectly good.” Adding a different backside to make it function as something else is stretching the boundaries of plain English and, in many ways, can be considered bad writing practice to the point that some of them more advanced writing programs will caution against it.
Want examples of what we’re talking about?
Adding “-ness”: Instead of saying, “as a supervisor, Mr. Winger is strict,” those in love with suffixes will sometimes end up writing, “as a supervisor, Mr. Winger’s strictness is easy to notice.” While the second version is just as valid, it doesn’t really make the statement any more clearer than the first, making it unnecessary.
Adding “-ize”: While many uses of “-ize” may be necessary (“I finalized the paper” sounds much simpler than “I put the final touches on the paper”), people still fall in love with it far too much. Just be careful not to begin using made-up words like “Hollywoodize” and “componentize.” Those are just plain irritating.
Adding “-ly”: This suffix was initially used to expand the range of adjectives and adverbs you can use to modify words. While they continue to be acceptable, some writers tend to go way past overboard with them, such as when I read stuff like “groundbreakingly” and “scoutmasteringly.”