Hacking and slashing makes me feel better, as I’ve removed waste and got (gotten?) my point across. Some readers, though, just don’t understand, too accustomed (a bit too used?) to that extra word or syllable.
There’s that famous (more or less famous?) British anecdote: The old man asks his son what’s it all about, this confusing “one man, one vote” stuff he’s been hearing.
“Well Pop, just means one bloody man, one bloody vote.”
“I see, I see.”
(I figure everyone’s heard it. Enjoyed repeating it anyway.)