Hack The Flab #11Posted: May 27, 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:
- Eagerly – Weak Adverb. Replace with descriptive text. Ex. He waited eagerly. Better: He waited, eyes wide, smile from ear to ear.
- Eliminate altogether – Redundant Phrase. You don’t need altogether. Ex: We should reduce or eliminate altogether speeding ticket fines. Better: We should reduce or eliminate speeding ticket fines.
- Emergency situation – Redundant Phrase. You don’t need situation. Ex: We have an emergency situation at the school. Better: We have an emergency at the school.
- Empty out – Redundant Phrase. You don’t need out. Ex: Empty out the dishwasher. Better: Empty the dishwasher.
- End result – Redundant Phrase. You don’t need end. Ex: Study and the end results will please you. Better: Study and the results will please you.
- Encouragement – Nominalization (Wordiness introduced when someone uses the noun equivalent of a verb or adjective). Use the verb or adjective form for more powerful sentences. Ex: His encouragement helped my success. Better: He encouraged me and I succeeded.
- Eliminate entirely – Redundant Phrase. You don’t need entirely. Ex: We could eliminate entirely testing and students would still learn. Better: We could eliminate testing and students would still learn.
- Enter in – Redundant Phrase. You don’t need in. Ex: Enter in your name and email address. Better: Enter your name and email address.
- Equal to one another – Redundant Phrase. You don’t need to one another. Ex: They are equal to one another in size, but Joe is faster. Better: They are equal in size, but Joe is faster.
- Eradicate completely – Redundant Phrase. You don’t need completely. Ex: We must eradicate completely these roaches. Better: We must eradicate these roaches.