Sunday, January 8, 2012

CPR for Writers - snobby talk

"The wish to have the pompous, silkhatted gentleman slip on a banana peel is almost universal." (Grady and Hall)

Readers feel the same way about correspondents who (by letter, e-mail, or tweet) write pretentiously.

Pick your favorite pretentious expression below, and check out the alternative... or invent a better one!

Instead of                                                    Try
"We have the matter                          "I am considering..."
under advisement"      

"You are advised that..."                    "Here's your information."

"I have read your letter of..."            Skip it.