Some refreshing (and simple) alternatives to wordy language

Melissa Wardell | October 12, 2015

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 by with
a number of several
as a consequence of because of
by means of by
commence start, begin
discontinue, terminate end, stop
for the purpose of for
in accordance with by, under
in connection with with, about, concerning
in respect of about


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