The Elegant Basics

One of the phrases I see most often in research writing and like the least  is “that having been said”. Ugh. Right up there with “at the end of the day”. Cringe.

Usually, a simple “however” or “therefore”  will do — or neither — as in, a qualifier is not necessary at all.

Not to mention the misuse of a number of other common phrases … and that’s where our stalwart pals, Strunk & White come in.  Check this out for some stylish simplicity. See? That wasn’t so painful, was it?

And for a lively rant against the hallowed status of The Elements of Style, see this.

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