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Beware Verbal Shortcuts, Part 2

I generally am in favor of using as few words as possible, for the fewer the words, the more powerful they are. But today I again learned that sometimes, one needs to add words to make the meaning clear and correct.

At a networking breakfast, a woman introduced the speaker by reading answers to a questionnaire all members fill out. Under “What Do You Wish to Do?” came the response, “I would like to go to New Zealand and see the pyramids of Egypt.”

Immediately, several people — myself included — responded with variations of, “Good luck with that!”

I’ve written about verbal shortcuts before, but it bears repeating: Use as many words as is necessary. Otherwise, we might laugh.

Until next time! Use the right words!


July 30, 2014 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , ,

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