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Chapter 22. Conciseness: The Department ... > Thrift, Thrift, Thrift - Pg. 224

Conciseness: The Department of Redundancy Department 224 Eliminate Unneeded Words and Phrases Unneeded words are like annoying little gnats that nip at your ankles during summer picnics. As a matter of fact, because these words and phrases are like so much empty noise, they are often called buzzwords. Buzzwords come in different parts of speech, as the following table shows. You Could Look It Up Buzzwords are commonly used, extraneous phrases that aren't necessary to the meaning of the sentence and so should be cut. Table 22-1. Buzzwords Part of Speech Adjectives Adverbs Nouns Sample Buzzwords nice, central, major, good, excellent quite, very, basically, really, central, major field, case, situation, character, kind, scope, sort, type, thing, element, area, aspect, factor, nature, quality