ASE 333T - Eliminating Wordiness

ASE 333T - Eliminating Wordiness - Eliminating Wordiness In...

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Undergraduate Writing Center, The University of Texas at Austin UWC website: uwc.fac.utexas.edu Handout created by Shelley Powers, March 2005 Last revised by Shelley Powers, June 2006 Eliminating Wordiness In concise writing words pull their own weight. Each carries meaning essential to the content of the sentence. Try to identify which words add meaning to the sentence and which just take up space. As you revise your work, keep these enemies of concision in mind. 1. Weak words Some words are the written equivalent of “um.” The word very , for example, is the epitome of verbal garbage. Filler words don’t provide content and they disrupt the flow of the sentence. Generally speaking writers can kind of rely on certain online indexes of journals to basically start their research. The words in boldface have little to do with the point of the sentence; they can go. 2. Repeated meanings and unneeded synonyms We’re used to seeing some words paired: each and every, true and accurate, full and complete. All of these words can work well alone. There is no need to restate the meaning of a word by listing its synonym(s). But redundancy is not just a problem of paired words: it can be harder to
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This note was uploaded on 09/18/2011 for the course ASE 333T taught by Professor Wadbrook during the Fall '08 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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