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Thursday, October 14, 2010

On Wordiness

As you know, I am running a series of quick posts on wordiness. You can find others by using this blog's search window. Use the keyword "wordiness."


Here's something I ran across as I was reading my local newspaper yesterday. You see in your copy, “It is a well known fact that . . . “.

Let’s pretend the sentence is: “It is a well known fact that English teachers know grammar well.” Look at all those words. An editor might suggest the writer cut lots of them and just say, “English teachers know grammar well.”

Eventually all my "wordiness alerts" may go into a booklet for easy reference. If you have some for me, please let me know with a comment. (-: Yes, you'll be credited! With a link, if you wish.

----- Carolyn Howard-Johnson edits, consults and speaks on issues of publishing. Find her The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success at Learn more about her other authors' aids at, where writers will find lists and other helps on the Resources for Writers page. She blogs on all things publishing (not just editing!) at her Sharing with Writers blog. Find me tweeting writers' resources at And please tweet this post to your followers. We all need a little help with editing. (-:

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