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23 Words or Phrases to Eliminate From Your Writing Infographic


23 Words or Phrases to Eliminate From Your Writing Infographic

We’ve all got words that we used more than we should, and I bet if we were to make a list, “very” would make it to the top five – not to mention other words that can be ruthlessly cut out from every article we write – words that may add to the length but not to the substance.

There’s a tendency to fill writing with needless words; this can bog a reader down in details, distracting from your message. William Strunk Jr. phrased it best in the must-have book for writers of all levels, Elements of Style:

Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. This requires not that the writer make all his sentences short, or that he avoid all detail and treat his subjects only in outline, but that every word tell.”

This infographic from Global English Editing lists 23 phrases you need to pull back on, along with suggested alternatives. Mastering the art of decluttering words frees you to effectively capture readers’ attention, sparking intrigue and affirming expertise in what you are writing about.

See also: 200 Words to Use Instead of “Good” Infographic

Via: geediting.com

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  • Janet Lake

    Super helpful suggestions! Thanks!

  • AF

    All that helpful advice about clarity and brevity, but by packaging it in all that uneccesary pseudo-infographic treatment you have turned what should be an accessible text list into a ‘click-bait’ waste of bandwidth. Not only is it harder to read through, but it is unlikely to meet accessibility requirements.

    Images should have a purpose, a point, and be used sparingly just like words. Literacy includes both words and pictures. Unfortunately the term “infographic” has been hijacked across the web and its meaning diluted. Now it is like any other meme.