Use familiar, concrete words.

Posted: June 3rd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Mission Critical Stuff, Plain English: Tips | Tags: , | No Comments »

Use the Editing Workshop, rather than utilize it. Would you rather talk with someone or reach a human interface? Begin your argument rather than commence it. Focus on the beginning, rather than the inception. Explain your thoughts rather than elucidate them. End your memorandum rather than terminate it. Let your argument show rather than evidence your convictions. Use a term but avoid terminology. Follow the signs but ignore the signage. Get out of the car but don’t exit the vehicle. Go inside the house but don’t enter the residence. Remember that courts hold, explain and state but they do not indicate. If a proposal is feasible, it also doable. A statute that prohibits conduct also bans it. Additionally should be pared down to also. And would you ever voluntarily read a sentence that begins with Also of import to the arguments made . . . . ?

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