Unless you make sure that you provide a clear explanation, such terms cannot send any explicit message to the audience. You must never infer that the significance of a phrase is evident. First of all, you must verify if it’s necessary to explain the words you use (such as “radicalism,” “conservative,” “mercantilism,” or “culture”). Afterwards, think about where it would be better to define such terms. Avoid making the assumption that both you and the reader attribute the same meaning to a certain word, like “culture.” In order to steer clear of misinterpretations, you need to be as particular as possible.
13. Include a title on your proposal. I'm amazed at how often the title is left for the end of the student's writing and then somehow forgotten when the proposal is prepared for the committee. A good proposal has a good title and it is the first thing to help the reader begin to understand the nature of your work. Use it wisely! Work on your title early in the process and revisit it often. It's easy for a reader to identify those proposals where the title has been focused upon by the student. Preparing a good title means: