Sure you are right about too long sentences that bring nothing to the message but you took it too far. I often go back over my drafts and ruthlessly cut out stuff. Constant editing is a key to clearer writing, no question. In blogging, it is already understood that it is your opinion so why remind people that it is only so? In ordinary, real-life writing, all three of your no-nos can be useful. However, not everyone got the memo, and some people are just mentally locked in to this idea.
After all, the ultimate goal is getting your point across clearly, right? This will wind her for a short moment. The friend will go find a new victim. Stuffy Direct Stuffy Direct ascertain find out optimal best commence begin purchase buy deceased dead reside life endeavor try terminate end finalize finish utilize use 3. I know that the success I have had with my writing went up once I took a college course that helped me to seriously eliminate metadiscourse. Join an country club, eating club, membership club, secret societies.
Why is this sentence 55-words long? Chronicles of Higher Education Englished? They won't stop until everyone knows how clever, and fresh they are. Step 6: Murder the person. You will find examples of such language in advertising, business, politics, and some reporting, but do not equate formality with these roundabout expressions. Bryan Edmondson Thanks for the comment, Manny. Pretentious writing is best flushed. I can see no semantic difference between the two.
And also, call the police. Examples: Rather than: I can't do math. It also gives access to the historic, scientific literature of the 15th and 16th century expedtions to Africa, the Americas, and Asia. Important people don't have time to tell others how amazing they are before having an actual conversation. Apparently, the headquarters writer was trying to impress people with his so-called knowledge of economics terminology. Elegant writing is hindered by too much metadiscourse, redundant words, and pretentious words.
Erik has written a weekly newspaper humor column for 10 papers around Indiana since 1995. The latter will be befuddled and either consult the dictionary, killing any momentum they might have had in absorbing the author's argument, or move on without the benefit of understanding what was said. In order to get you to buy a product, first they need to get your attention and then they need to make you desire the product. Bleeding Someone decided that his product or service was so cutting-edge that a new term needed to be created. Offer people unsolicited advice because you know the way, you have all the answers. You can leave flavors natural, you can add a bit of salt, you can put in some squirts of soya or you can douse the whole thing in hot sauce. No matter how many times I go back to edit my writing, there are always more words I can cut or ways I can simplify for clarity.
I plan on sharing this on another platform. Certainly not a good writer or not only a good writer. Moreover, it's just irritating, ipso facto. Potomac is a Native American word. Apply this same level of precision and concision to your writing, and it should significantly improve.
Bemused means confused or bewildered. If flourishes in the language makes a writer feel better about their work, who are we to stop them. Being able to involve, to share, to make the reader, the spectator, seeing and feeling. Choose Your Words: Avoiding Tired and Pretentious Language Choose Your Words: Avoiding Tired and Pretentious Language 1. Plain English at Work: A Guide to Writing and Speaking.
Corporate Values This expression is so phony it churns the stomach. Case Example 6: A pseudo artist updates his blog with minimalist blank images of in an empty sea with the text: a commentary on the meaninglessness of intrinsic spatiality in both 'temps' for time and temporalism sensible in no language. But only if your goal is to access as many people as possible. John the Revelator; all very wordy requiring more than a 30 second attention span and focused concentration. I actually just learned my lesson trying to impress a group of reviewers. A cup of good coffee is robust. Formal does not mean stuffy and pretentious.
Choose Your Words: Avoiding Tired and Pretentious Language Pretentious language makes reading difficult, as the following example shows. Denounce and criticize have different connotations. Here's an example: 'James Harris was, alas, unable to put the finishing touches to this novel. Maybe they were socially uncomfortable and used big words and long sentences as a wall? Ironically enough and I hope my usage of irony is correct here , it was an academic advisor in the sciences no less who taught me this lesson. Only words which are absolutely necessary to get a message across are chosen—road sign authors must choose the few words they can put on a sign with extreme precision. This is not a complete question.