If you want to avoid stuffy language and let the substance of your message to shine through, you need to know about metaconcepts.

Metaconcepts are concepts about concepts — terms like approach, assumption, condition, context, framework, issue, level, model, perspective, process, prospect, role, strategy, subject, tendency, variable and even concept itself. These words take simple, straightforward ideas and dilute them down to abstractions buried under layers of concepts upon concepts. Here’s what you need to know.


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