Hack The Flab #5Posted: March 20, 2011
Hack the flab from your writing or your readers might shout obscenities in your direction stop reading. Avoid the following 10 examples of flab:
- As yet –Flabby expression. You don’t need as. Ex: No word on survivors as yet. Better: No word on survivors yet.
- At all times – Empty phrase. Don’t use or fix. Ex: Be careful driving at all times. Better: Always drive carefully.
- Attempt – Use simpler replacement, like try. This word can be nominalization too (verb or adjective turned into a noun). Use the verb or adjective form for more powerful sentences. Ex: Attempt it again. Better: Try again. Ex: His attempt at comedy was met with failure. Better: He attempted some comedy but failed miserably.
- At the end of the day – Empty Phrases. Don’t use it. Ex: At the end of the day, it’s the toughest that survive. Better: The toughest survive.
- At the present time – Empty Phrase. Don’t use or fix. Ex: I have no money at the present time. Better: I have no money now. I currently have no money.
- At this point in time – Empty Phrase. Don’t use or fix. Ex: At this point in time, I know better. Better: Now I know better.
- Bald-headed – Redundant Phrase. You don’t need headed. Ex: He was bald-headed. Better: He was bald.
- Basic necessities – Redundant Phrase. You don’t need basic. Ex: Prepare for disasters by stocking basic necessities. Better: Prepare for disasters by stocking necessities.
- Belief – Nominalization (verb or adjective turned into a noun). Use the verb or adjective form for more powerful sentences. Ex: It’s his belief that editing can be done with ease. Better: He believes editing is easy.
- Best ever – Redundant Phrase. You don’t need ever. Ex: John’s party was the best ever. Better: John’s party was the best.