Writing Correspondence


Learn more overblown phrases to avoid from the Style module.

According to John M. Lannon, in Technical Communication, "workplace correspondence often suffers from letterese, those tired stuffy, and overblown phrases some writers think they need to make their communications seem important. Lannon then goes on to give the following chart to help revise commonly used letterese to plain English" (374).

Letterese Plain English
As per your request As you requested
Contingent upon receipt of As soon as we receive
I am desirous of I want, I would like
Please be advised that I I
This writer I
In the immediate future Soon
In accordance with your request As you requested
Due to the fact that Because
I wish to express my gratitude. Thank you.

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