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The KISS Principle – #2

I don’t often write about writing, because it’s not nearly as much fun to me as the silly memes I post each day on LinkedIn, or the Friday Funday article I’ve posted for over seven years now.

But sometimes I see a type of writing error that’s easy to fix: using long phrases rather than one or two words.

FYI: My original sentence above was: “But once in a while, I see a type of writing error that’s easy to fix: using long phrases rather than one or two words.

No one is immune from this!

Here are a few phrases I’ve seen recently with possible shorter versions:

* if anyone is in need of assistance = if anyone needs assistance (needs help)

* at this point in time  = now

* due to the fact that = due to

* each and every one = each one (every one)

* in the month of October = in October

* in the event that = if

* in the city of London = in London

* in regards to = regarding

* we request that you = please

Thanks to social media, we’re inundated with articles that we think we MUST read, but how do we choose? Maybe we decide – without really thinking about it – to read articles that get to the point quickly so we can move on.

This style of writing would also help with any platform that regulates the number of characters we can use in a post.

What are your thoughts here, friends? Does this make sense to you?

What might you add to the above?

Keep It Short and Simple

Susan Rookshttps://grammargoddess.com/
With 25 years’ experience as an international speaker and workshop leader, Susan Rooks is uniquely positioned to help people master the communication skills they need to succeed. In 1995, Susan formed Grammar Goddess Communication to help business professionals enhance their communication skills. She creates and leads three-hour “Brush Up on Your Skills” workshops in three main areas: American grammar, business writing, and interpersonal skills. And recently she created and began leading introductory workshops to help business pros maximize their LinkedIn experience, offering it to Chambers of Commerce free of charge. As a copyeditor (and editor of nonfiction only), Susan has worked on projects ranging from blogs to award-winning children’s books to best-selling business books to corporate annual reports (with clients from half a dozen countries), ensuring that all material is professionally presented and free from grammatical errors. From the beginning, Susan’s only goal was to help everyone look and sound as smart as they are.

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