Thursday, September 29, 2016

Please Eliminate Unnecessary Words!

One of the things that legal writing teachers tell their students is please eliminate unnecessary words.

Here is a headline from today's New York Times:

U.S. Just Made It a Lot Less Difficult to Sue Nursing Homes

Ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I hope you can see that the headline could contain four fewer words.  U.S. Just Made It Easier to Sue Nursing Homes

My version says the same thing, but it is easier to read.  Someone needs to teach editing in journalism school.

(Scott Fruehwald)

https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legal_skills/2016/09/please-eliminate-unnecessary-words.html

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