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“Official-ese”

 

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Probably the most common problem with institutional and academic writing is that it’s too wordy. Many of us were taught that the more complicated you make something sound and the more syllables you use, the smarter you seem and the more impressive your writing. In our case, we might call this “writing in UN-ese.”

Before we go any further, take a turn at simplifying one example of arcane verbiage by rewriting the text on the following slides using 5 or fewer words.