Intricate text: What does it mean?

Have you ever been using Grammarly and wondered what it meant when it used the term “intricate text”?

What does “intricate text” mean?

When Grammarly says “intricate text”, it’s saying that some of your writing is so detailed, that it can be difficult for the average reader to understand what it’s trying to say.

Let’s take a look at one example.

We could say “The bird laid an egg”.

Or we could say….

“Unsure of how much longer she could hold it in, the feathered animal perched herself in a spot where she felt safe and secure. And she looked around for predators, she lost control of her body, and before she knew it what was once inside of her was now outside, just waiting for the day the creature within was ready to come out of it’s home, and enter the world of light and colour”.

Should I use intricate text?


Those of you who are into fiction and like getting lost in worlds created by authors might be big fans of intricate text.

With this sort of writing, you can get the point you’re trying to get across better. Rather than just explaining the course of events, you’re showing the emotion you want to get across.

If I say “The cat sat on the mat”, you know nothing about why the cat was there, his mental state, and what impact this will have on the rest of the story.


Other authors would argue that too much intricate text can ruin your writing. When people read a story, they want to know what happens next.

Whilst some description is good, having too much, particularly about things that don’t matter, the reader can get bored quickly.

Intricate text will not be ideal for people who write non-fiction. Non-fiction readers just want to know the facts!

Origin of the word “intricate”

Years ago, before even I was born, the Roman’s invaded Britain. Back then, they didn’t speak Italian, as they do now, they spoke Latin, a dead language which some people still talk today.

When the Latin word for Intricate was “Intricatus”. This word comes from the Proto-Indo-European “Entriace”.

Proto-Indo-European is the language that most western languages evolved from. The speakers of this language would have only recently gotten out of the caves. Let’s break “Entriace” down.

“En” meant “in”, this is still the case in French. And “triace” was to show that a word is a plural.

So when we say “intricate”, we’re saying that there is a plural of something inside something else. With intricate text, there is lots of description in one paragraph.

What does “intricate” mean?

When something is “intricate”, that means it’s filled with decorations, to make it look nicer. Intricate things are usually very complicated and filled with lots of detail.

It’s not just text that can be intricate. When there is a design filled with lots of pictures and patterns, you could say that it is an “intricate design”.

You can also have an “intricate idea”. This is an idea that is very complicated and probably quite difficult for most people to understand.

The human body is an excellent example of “intricate”. All the cells in all the organs are working together to make sure we function correctly.

How to use intricate text

If you like the sound of intricate text, there are some ways that you can apply it to your writing.

To prevent your paragraphs from just being one big block of text, you need to make sure you add causes, separated by a connective or a comma. Make sure you describe everything in a way that tells the reader something about it.

You can also try giving an insight into the thoughts of who you’re writing about. If a cat sat on the mat, why was the cat sitting there? What is it about this mat that he likes? How was his day?

Remember all of the writing techniques that your English teacher taught you!

Examples of intricate text

Let’s take a look at a couple of examples of intricate text.

“The cat sat on the mat”.

“This was his life. He would wake up, run and some birds, from time to time meet people. But at the end of each day, this was the only place he wanted to be. There was something about the fabric that made him feel safe”.

“I had toast”.

“I was too tired to think. But I wasn’t too tired to smell. The crisp taste of the hot and crispy bread, it made me feel like I had waited all night for this. And the way the softness of the butter would just melt into it would always make me happy”.


When Grammarly tells you that you have “intricate text”, it’s just saying that you’re using more words than you need to to get your point across.

Although Grammarly is a fantastic tool, you need to be careful sometimes.

When done right, intricate text can add to your work and convey emotion, not just events. But when done wrong, it can make things drag on, and bore your readers.Have you ever been using Grammarly and wondered what it meant when it used the term “intricate text”?