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Thursday, July 5, 2012

The 10 Wordiest Expressions You Should Not Use - The Plain Language Programme

Besides reviewing the expressions listed at this site, check out Garbl's Concise Writing Guide.

That free guide provides alternatives to overstated, pompous words; wordy, bureaucratic phrases; and verbose, sometimes amusing redundant phrases:
Write Richard Lederer and Richards Dowis, Sleeping Dogs Don't Lay, 1999: 
Contrary to what some people seem to believe, simple writing is not the product of simple minds. A simple, unpretentious style has both grace and power. By not calling attention to itself, it allows the reader to focus on the message.
If you like that quotation, that site also provides More Words of Wisdom about concise writing.
The "Wordiest Expressions" article is featured today (July 5) in Garbl's Plain English Paragraphs -- available at the Plain Language tab above and by free email subscription.

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