Don't Go There: Words and Expressions to Avoid · Unnecessary complexity 247 You Could Look It Up Bureaucratic language is stuffy, overblown language. Bureaucratic language becomes meaningless because it is evasive and wordy. Call my bluff. Take a minute to simplify the following example: The internal memorandum previously circulated should be ignored and disregarded and instead replaced by the internal memorandum sent before the previous one was sent. The memorandum presently at the current time being held by the appropriate personnel should be combined with the previous one to call attention to the fact that the previous one should be ignored by the reader. How about this simplification: Replace the previous memorandum with the one sent before the previous memorandum. (Use the older version.) Inflated Language: Full of Hot Air