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I loved the line soon after that one:

> Running an online service solo puts one in the coffin corner between the Dunning Kruger effect and impostor syndrome.

This guy knows how to write.




You should read some of the greatest hits form his blog: https://idlewords.com/ - an excellent writer indeed.

An engineer's version of the tightly crafted allusory phrasing book authors love.

I just wanted to let you know that your post is #1 on Google if you search for the phrase "allusory phrasing".

I was wondering, what does it mean?



Allusory is an adjective that means "making allusion."

What I mean is phrasing that makes allusions. You'll find it in writing as a tool to expand meaning, change tone, add connotation, etc. It can lose power and clarity when the reader is unfamiliar with the underlying references.

Here, the writing brings in an aerodynamics concept (coffin corner), a famous bit of psychology about cognitive biases (Dunning Kruger), and a trueism about doubting one's own capacity (imposter syndrome).

Personally, the reference to coffin corner adds richness to the writing. It is from a completely different discipline, less commonly referenced in HN context than the other two, and immediately gives me a sense of greater breadth about the author's experiences.




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