“EFFECTIVE WRITING IS CONCISE. Cut out the unnecessary words. Every word should tell. There is no reason to call a spade ‘a long handled instrument for turning earth in the garden.’
“Here are some examples of verbal deadwood drawn from Asian newspapers and inter-office memoranda:
for the reason that - because
at the present time - now
tendered his resignation - resigned
affixed his signature - signed
told his listeners - said
united in Holy matrimony - married
used for fuel purposes - fueled
held a conference - met
in the immediate vicinity - near
was able to make his escape - escaped
“In the following samples, the words in italics should be omitted.
a period of two weeks
“The rule is: chop out the verbal deadwood. You’ll save on newsprint and stationery.”
Source: The Community Newspaper. Press Foundation of Asia; Manila, Philippines; December 1990, p. 41.