A lot of us humans and writers spend a lot of time trying to impress people by being extra wordy.
And it seems like we’re all trying to avoid the word “because.”
This is extremely cruel to the word “because,” which probably gets hurt feelings, but it’s also super cruel to your readers and/or listeners who deserve clarity.
They need to understand what you’re putting down.
So, when it comes to “because,” we do not need to say:
- The reason is because (that’s redundant).
- Due to the fact that
- On the grounds that
- On account of
If you sound like a lawyer in a bad tv procedural?
You’re trying too hard.
HERE IS CONTRARY ADVICE….
“BECAUSE” OR “SINCE” CAN SOMETIMES FORCE YOU TO BE WORDY.
With the words ‘because’ and ‘since,’ you can almost always use either one. They are interchangeable BFFs.
Here are some examples.
- Because I hate you, I decided to date.
- Since I hate you, I decided to date.
They both mean “because” here because they are synonyms.
But sometimes “since” means “from the time’ instead of ‘because.’
Since we went to Disney, I’ve been crushing on Pluto.
That means “ever since the time they went to Disney” not “because.”
But you might not know that, right?
So, instead you might want to be wordy.
You don’t want to be ambiguous and have people wondering if you mean “because” or “ever since the time they went to Disney.”
The whole point in writing and talking is for people to understand you, so don’t be a schmuck. Be clear.
WRITING TIP OF THE POD
Don’t be wordy and know what your words mean and what they’re conveying to the reader.
DOG TIP FOR LIFE
Listen more than you speak. Look for clues in your environment and people’s actions so you can really understand them.
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