Image shows a sign on a wooded trail says "Shortcut" with an arrow facing right. Text reads, “Find a shortcut to understanding. New in May Wordnerdery.”The easier we make it to read what we write, the more people actually will read it. Even more important, they’ll understand and remember it.

That’s a key part of plain language: Helping readers find what they need; understand what they find; and use what they find to meet their needs.

Some of my clients ask me to edit their documents to make them easier to read, and here’s one fast fix: Replace multisyllable words with short, familiar, skimmable ones.

In the May issue of my newsletter, Wordnerdery, I share a list of just some of the 300+ words I’ve suggested my clients simplify. More readable words include using “fix” instead of “rectify,” “agree to” instead of “acquiesce” and “if” instead of “providing.”

Read more in May Wordnerdery.

What wordy writing have YOU run across? Have you found it hard to convince a reviewer that simple is better? Tell me about it in the comments or drop me a line.

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Related reading:
A roundup of my posts on readability