Administrative Policy Writing
Omit Unnecessary Words
One feature of bureaucratic style is the
. The writer fills sentences with as much
information as possible without regard to whether it is
It is a
writing tactic: If you include every
possible detail, reservation, or qualification, no one can
ever fault you for not including it.
But such writing becomes tedious and your message can
be lost in the weeds of details.
It is also a lazy way to write. The writer doesn’t want to
think about which details or qualifications are really
necessary. So just include them all.