William Chapter 7: You annoy me!
"5 Principles of Concision"
1. Delete words that mean little or nothing.
2. Delete words that repeat the meaning of other words.
3. Delete words implied by other words.
4. Replace a phrase with a word.
5. Change negatives to affirmatives.
1. I LOVE words like "although" and "therefore" that according to Williams "mean little or nothing"... They help with the flow of the essay!
2. What's wrong with synonyms?! When it is necessary to repeat concepts that are brought up in an essay, I try to use different words to avoid sounding repetitive...
3. Okay... I like this one :)
4. Hmmm... I could probably do this, but I like my phrases...
5. Sometimes negatives can help your paper sound more argumentative and assertive (good for persuasive papers).
Okay, so I wasn't as annoyed with Chapter 7 as the title of this blog implied. I feel like there are certain kinds of essays and texts for which these tips are more applicable. I think that in academic essays in which we all try to sound extremely intelligent and add wordy phrases to expand our word count and page length these tips are utterly useless!
See how my coursemates felt about this chapter!