Reducing Wordiness: Occam's Razor Still Applies
Say only what needs to be said. The author who is frugal with words not only writes a more readable manuscript but also increases the chances that the manuscript will be accepted. Editors oflen work with limited numbers of printed pages and therefore often request authors to shorten submitted papers. You can tighten overly long papers by eliminating redundance, wordiness, jargon, evasiveness, circumlocution, and clumsiness. -American Psychological Association Manual of Style (33)
Be brief Wordiness usually adds nothing but confusion, and the resulting paper is very expensive to typeset and to print. -American Chemical Society Style Guide
Omit needless words. Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessay lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. -The Elements of Style
Ways to Reduce Wordiness
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Faculty who arc invited to particpate on the panel attend two meetings.
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Redundancy: first introduced flawless perfection a new innovation
1.There will not be an attempt made to solve this problem, which is very difficult.
2.This is not surprising when one considers the history of this movement.
3.It is my speculation that the opponents of new historicism are still fighting a battle that they cannot possibly win.
4.The survey was sent to faculty at all campuses of the Penn State University system.
5.If patients are unable to decide for themselves regarding medical decisions, family members may express the patient's wishes.
6.Developed countries are receiving graduate students in increasing numbers every year from underdeveloped countries.
7.The author took part in the creation and implementation of the study and in particular in the design of the survey instrument.