Some refreshing (and simple) alternatives to wordy language

By on October 12th, 2015 in Clear writing, Sentences and words

Plain language is all about clarity and precision. It’s about communication that your audience can understand the first time they read or hear it.

The main goals of plain language are to make sure an audience can:

So it makes sense that you should avoid bureaucratic and unnecessarily wordy language.

Image: Curled paper shavings from books.

Get rid of those unnecessarily curly words. (Image by Julie Jordan Scott (CC BY 2.0))

Keeping it simple

Here’s a short list of common business jargon along with plain language alternatives, to help you create easy-to-understand written material.

Instead of:Use:
accompanied bywith
a number ofseveral
as a consequence ofbecause of
by means ofby
commencestart, begin
discontinue, terminateend, stop
for the purpose offor
in accordance withby, under
in connection withwith, about, concerning
in respect ofabout

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