Banning Wordiness (or) Editing 102

Yesterday, we looked as some key phrases, which signal a need for editing. How often have you seen the ones I have listed below in your reading(s)? I am certain there are several in my books, which I should have recognized at the time, but I sometimes miss because I am so wrapped in the story/plot.

completely destroyed (“Destroyed” indicates beyond repair or completely.)

consensus of opinion (“Consensus” indicates a solidarity of opinion.)

end result

funeral service (A funeral is a “service.”)

final outcome

the reason is because

temporary reprieve (All reprieves are “temporary.”)

in a dozen different states (The difference is obvious.)


There are better ways of saying each of the following phrases:

as a general rule                  becomes       generally (or) as a rule

by the same token         becomes              likewise

at the same time as         becomes           simultaneously

as a matter of fact           becomes          in fact

extend an invitation          becomes         invited

with the exception of            becomes          except

absolutely certain                becomes          certain

during the course of             becomes           during

on account of                          becomes            because

at one fell swoop                  becomes             simultaneously

Again, add your favorites to the comments below. We each of a particular phrase, which sets our teeth grinding.

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Regina Jeffers is the award-winning author of Austenesque, Regency and historical romantic suspense.
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2 Responses to Banning Wordiness (or) Editing 102

  1. Sophia Rose says:

    I have to laugh when I see this list. I kept mouthing ‘guilty’ ‘guilty’ ‘guilty’ as I read down. There is no need for me to think of more with that many I have to work on already. Haha!

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