Join Judy Steiner-Williams for an in-depth discussion in this video Remove gibberish and nonsensical writing, part of Writing in Plain English.
- [Voiceover] Goobledygook, and its synonym,…gibberish, means nonsense, or makes no sense.…A spoken word that makes no sense is more likely…to be referred to as gibberish,…and the written nonsense is more likely…to be called gobbledygook, but regardless…of which term is used, they refer…to meaningless, empty phrases.…This is another example of writing using…long, complicated words that sound impressive…and probably confusing because they have no meaning.…
Listen to these, the solution can only be integrated…with administrative resources or projections.…Our upgraded model now offers total asset contingencies.…Today marks the 20th anniversary celebration…of our responsive strategic mobility.…A window to discuss your optional…administrative alignment has been suggested.…If someone said any of those to me,…I would smile politely and hope that what…was said doesn't require a response,…because I have no idea what was said.…
If I read those statements in a memo or email…or newspaper article, I would quit reading,…and again, hope that no one asks me…
If you can write in plain English, you can save time, save money, and save face in communications. Start watching to learn how to make your writing more "plain": stronger, clearer, and more concise.
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- Understanding plain English
- Catching mistakes by reading aloud
- Simplifying sentences
- Using strong verbs and meaningful words
- Avoiding corporate jargon
- Finding the right voice and tone
- Editing flow and content
- Writing in a conversational style