More on unnecessary words

4 Sep

Top of my current list of unnecessary words is “actively”. How often do you hear someone (frequently a politician) saying something on the lines of “We are actively encouraging”?

The antonym of “actively” is “passively”. The definition of “encourage” is “to give hope or confidence, to urge, to foster”.

Since it would be impossible to be passively encouraging, it would be more concise and better English to say, “We are encouraging” or “We are pursuing”. As ever – keep it simple!

Today’s picture

Clouds and sunrays off the coast of Maine, with one of Maine’s many lighthouses in the distance.

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