Been to "Noooo! Don't Use THAT Word!" already and just
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I want you to look into the throbbing circles to the left ... deeper, deeper, that's it ... you're getting sleepy ... you can hardly keep your eyes open. Now, listen carefully. You will no longer use fancy words and lengthy phrases like "utilize" and "in order to". You will replace them with simpler, shorter ones. Have you planted this suggestion deep into the vortex of your cortex? Good. Now, when I snap my fingers, you will wake up and follow my instructions for the rest of your life. C'mon now, wake up. Wake up, darn it! O geez, what the heck have I done. I'm getting out of here!
YIKES!!! I CREATED THE GRAMMAR MONSTER!!!
Remember the advice of some famous people:
"Brevity is the soul of wit." - W. Shakespeare
"Be brief." - G. Grabbers
OK, I admit it, sometimes big words and long phrases impress the
heck out of your boss or your friends. On rare occasions, throw in
a "synergism" here and a "paradigm" there, but (why is there
always a 'but'?!), remember, you can easily seed your writing with "weeds" and start to sound pretentious. (I speak from
experience.) So when your garden of words (that's garden of words, Bill, not garden of woods) becomes overgrown, try pruning some of your flowery language.
"Gee, Bill, how did you manage not to mix your metaphors?"
"It just shows what a good editor can do for you. "
Here are examples of pretentious words or phrases and
their simple counterparts:
(Use "use", Bill???)
Do these examples convey my meaning? (Instead Use:
Get the picture?
Enough already, Bill, you're really skating on thin ice here!)
| Instead of: in connection with
|| Use: about
|| Instead of: be in a position to
|| Use: be able to |
| Instead of: as a result of
|| Use: because of
|| Instead of: in the event that
|| Use: if |
| Instead of: for the reason that
|| Use: because
|| Instead of: make a decision
|| Use: decide |
| Instead of: due to the fact that
|| Use: since
|| Instead of: in order to
|| Use: to |
| Instead of: in the month of May
|| Use: in May
|| Instead of: by means of
|| Use: by |
| Instead of: it is our understanding
|| Use: we know
|| Instead of: with respect to
|| Use: about |
| Instead of: in view of the fact that
|| Use: since
|| Instead of: for the purpose of
|| Use: for |
| Instead of: at this point in time
|| Use: now
|| Instead of: held a meeting
|| Use: met |
| Instead of: during the time that
|| Use: while / when
|| Instead of: utilize
|| Use: use |
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"Misused Words and Phrases"
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"Oddities & Entities"
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