Thursday, November 19, 2009

Uselessly Vague

I'm often called on to do stylistic edits of publications here. A month or so ago I circled a sentence in something I was reviewing and wrote in red: "Uselessly vague." A partner, reading my notes, liked this. He has, he explained, spent his entire career attempting to be "uselessly vague." He's since written the phrase in big letters on his dry-erase board and adopted it as his personal motto.