250 Words With Simpler Alternatives

The good, the bad and the ugly

Eugen Eşanu
Jul 9 · 5 min read
  • absence of — none, no
  • 12 noon — noon
  • 12 midnight — midnight
  • abduct — kidnap
  • abject — hopeless, worthless
  • abbreviate — shorten, reduce
  • abridge — shorten, cut
  • above-mentioned — previous, anterior, before
  • for a long time — for more than
  • for a short time — for less than
  • for a while — for more than
  • actionable — practical, practicable, useful, realistic
  • actionable items — items, practical, practicable
  • action item — action
  • agreeance — agreement
  • almost unique — unique
  • accompany — go with, with
  • accede — agree, grant, allow
  • accentuate — stress, highlight
  • according to our records — our records show
  • advance planning — planning
  • aforementioned — above, prior, previous
  • aforesaid — this, earlier
  • allocating — dividing, sharing
  • all throughout — throughout
  • all-time record — record
  • along the lines of — like, as in
  • a lot of — many, several, a great number of
  • already exists — exists
  • alternative choices — choices
  • alternatively — or, so
  • amendment — change, revision, correction
  • ammalgamations — combinations, unions
  • a number of — many, some, several
  • a sufficient number of — enough
  • and so on and so forth — etc.
  • anticipate — expect
  • ASAP — important, urgent
  • as a consequence of — because
  • join together — join
  • grown in size — grow
  • go and get — get
  • as of the date of — from
  • give a smile — smile
  • general public — public
  • as regards — about
  • as a means of — to
  • the fact of the matter — you really want to write that?
  • as yet — yet
  • as such — so
  • as at — on, at
  • as of yet — yet
  • as being — as
  • as to — to, on, about
  • as to whether — whether
  • could not care less — could care less
  • ascend up — ascend
  • ask a question — ask
  • ask questions — ask
  • as means of — to
  • as for example — as
  • all the farther — as far as
  • at an early date — soon
  • at its discretion — can, may
  • at the moment — now
  • point in time — now, moment, time
  • particular point in time — now, moment, time
  • attain — meet, gain, achieve, reach
  • attach together — attach
  • at that point in time — then
  • attempt — try
  • attempting — trying
  • attending — coming to, going to
  • arbitrator — judge
  • armed gunman — gunman
  • authorising — allowing, letting
  • axiomatic — obvious, goes without saying
  • as long as — if
  • as well as — and
  • no brainer — easy, simple, obvious
  • apple to apples — compare similar things
  • it’s on my radar — where did you buy your radar? Please don’t use it
  • awesome — amasing, impressive
  • ambiguous — more than one meaning
  • annul — cancel
  • bona fide — in good faith
  • per capita — per head, per person, each
  • vis-a-vis — as regards, regarding, on, about
  • vs — versus, against
  • blue-sky thinking — searching for novel possibilities
  • skyrocket — rocket
  • positive thoughts — optimism
  • positive thinking — optimism, optimist
  • high name recognition — well known
  • name recognition — well known
  • he is a man who — he
  • she is a woman who — she
  • this is a subject that — this subject
  • gauge — measure, assess, estimate
  • affirmative action — job preferment, discrimination, preferential treatment
  • automobile — car
  • the military — the army
  • corporation — company
  • courtroom — court
  • courthouse — court
  • normalcy — normality
  • obligate — oblige
  • real estate — property
  • transportation — transport
  • galerist — dealer, gallery
  • inaugural — inauguration
  • writing experience — writing
  • apparel — clothes
  • garments — clothing
  • physician — doctor
  • gotten — got
  • attorney — lawyer
  • perception — belief, view
  • parking lot — car park
  • nation’s capital — country’s capital
  • outage — power cut, blackout
  • raise children — brought up (don’t raise children please, they are not vegetables)
  • care for — look after
  • address (verb)answer, deal with, attend to, look at
  • supportive — helpful
  • transparency — openness
  • not honest — dishonest
  • yearly basis — yearly
  • you are requested — please
  • your attention is drawn to — please note, please see
  • you are going to — you will
  • you are going to have to — you will have to, you must
  • terrible tragedy — tragedy
  • zone — area, region
  • was able to — could
  • is able to — can
  • am able to — can
  • I’m able to — I can
  • I came to realisation that — I realised that
  • she is of the opinion that — she thinks that
  • utilise — use (please stop utlising things…)
  • ingress — entry, way in, comes in
  • in this day and age — now, today, nowadays
  • in case of — if
  • in all cases — always
  • in conjunction with — and, with
  • cease and desist — stop, finish, end
  • and during — during
  • desist — stop
  • centered around — centered, around
  • check the box (expression)— complete the task
  • circumvent — avoid, surround, overcome
  • circa — around, about
  • clarification — explanation, help
  • close proximity — near, proximity
  • close scrutiny — scrutiny
  • competitive advantage — excel at, great at
  • construe — interpret, explain
  • consult with — talk to, ask, check
  • consolidate — combine, unite, join

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