Posts Tagged ‘long-winded’

Pleonasms should be carefully scrutinized

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Pleonasms are expressions that exhibit self-contained redundancy. Here are a few common examples: best ever, close proximity, completely destroyed, end result, false pretenses, may possibly, natural instinct, proceed ahead, and etc. Note that “and etc.” is also a pleonasm.

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Words count

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Words count. The difference between good writing and good speaking is mostly in word selection and sentence structure. English has evolved over hundreds of years so that we can communicate more clearly and use a single meaningful word to describe the same thing that previously required several words. Yet most people recognize only a small percentage of the words in the English language. Most of the words are obscure and rarely needed. However, the larger your vocabulary, the more concise you can be. A poor choice of words may obscure a great thought. Good ideas are not worth much if they are not communicated effectively. Communicating an idea by writing it down is a great way to organize thoughts, analyze alternatives, and reason through its strengths and weaknesses.

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From Long-winded to Drivel

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Today’s topic is drivel, the senseless composition that some of us produce every now and then, even very accomplished authors. The following excerpt is from a technical book by an accomplished writer and a respected colleague. The source is disguised by using FOO and BAR to replace some of the key identifiers. Otherwise, the text is verbatim, the same as published. By the way, my snarky judgments below are not as much a shot at the author as they are at the copy editor and publisher that let this nonsense slip through their professional filters.

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Overly long-winded

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

For many people, a key obstacle to communicating better is the tendency to be verbose. We use several words when we need only one meaningful word. We end up sounding overly long-winded (a self-defining example). Long-winded, a word that has teeth, is memorably self-descriptive. It means verbose or overly wordy in getting to the point. Overly long-winded therefore means overly, overly wordy. Why take the emphasis off a great word like long-winded by adding a redundant word like overly?

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Overly long-winded

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

For most people, the key obstacle to communicating better is the tendency to be verbose. We use several words when we need only one meaningful word. We end up sounding overly long-winded (a self-defining example). Long-winded, a word that has teeth, is memorably self-descriptive. It means verbose or overly wordy in getting to the point. Overly long-winded therefore means overly, overly wordy. Why take the emphasis off a great word like long-winded by adding a redundant word like overly?

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Long-windedness

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Most of us speak and write verbosely, using as many fluffy, multi-syllabic words as we can think of when we only need one simple, straightforward word. Here are a few examples of long-windedness that you hear every day. (more…)