Hack The Flab #2

Hack the flab from your writing or your readers might shout obscenities in your direction stop reading. Avoid the following 10 examples of flab:

  1. Add up – Redundant Phrase. You don’t need up. Ex: Add up your hours and see if you qualify for overtime. Better: Add your hours and see if you qualify for overtime.
  2. Added bonus – Redundant Phrase. You don’t need added. Ex: Winning the girl was an added bonus. Better: Winning the girl was a bonus.
  3. Aid and abet – Redundant Phrase. You don’t need aid and. Ex: Teens aid and abet their friends’ mischief. Better: Teens abet their friends’ mischief.
  4. Almost – Use approximations like this sparingly. Specific terms are better. Ex. It was almost time for class. Better: Class started in one minute.
  5. All of – Flabby expression. Drop of. Ex: All of the guests loved the party. Better: All the guests loved the party.
  6. All time record – Redundant Phrase. You don’t need all time. Ex: He broke the all time record for home runs. Better: He broke the record for home runs.
  7. All things being equal – Empty phrase. Don’t use this phrase. Ex: All things being equal, we should arrive tonight. Better: If all goes well, we should arrive tonight.
  8. All things considered – Empty phrase. Don’t use this phrase. Ex: All things considered, the damage could have been worse. Better: The damage could have been worse.
  9. Alternative choice – Redundant Phrase. You don’t need choice. Ex: He had no alternative choice but to fight. Better: He had no alternative but to fight.
  10. All throughout – Redundant Phrase. You don’t need all. Ex: War exists all throughout history. Better: War exists throughout history.
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