27 phrases to slash from your copy
Readers are pressed for time, so stop muddling your point. Cut these speed bumps from your copy today—and every day.
Wordiness is everywhere—in emails, ad copy, press releases, and websites.
Even as more people skim and scan than actually read our content, we
have clients and bosses who think the more words the better. But readers
are busy. Unnecessary words slow them down. Every word should matter.
Some words and phrases do no work; they’re slackers. Deleting them
doesn’t hurt your meaning; it often improves the readability of your
Consider this sentence:
I am bewildered by your inconsistent use of the serial comma.
Tacking on any of the expendable phrases below would add
nothing. So, if you catch yourself including them in your copy, hit the
. All things considered
. As a matter of fact
. As already stated
. As far as I’m concerned
. At the present time
. By means of
. Due to the fact that
. For all intents and purposes
. For the most part
. For the purpose of
. In a manner of speaking
. In a very real sense
. In the final analysis
. In the event that
. In other words
. It goes without saying
. It is important to note
. It is interesting to note
It may be said that
. It stands to reason that
. It was found that
. It was demonstrated that
. Needless to say
. Take steps to
. The fact that
. The field of
. To be sure
Ragan.com readers, care to add to this list?
Laura Hale Brockway is an Austin-based writer and editor. She writes about writing and editing at her blog, Impertinent Remarks.
Ragan's new distance-learning site
houses the most comprehensive video training library for corporate communicators.