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Omit Needless Words

만약 어떤 단어/글자를 빼내더라도 그 정보가 큰 손상없이 그대로 전달될 수 있다면 가차없이 삭제해라. TheElementsOfStyle의 법칙 중 하나. 서구조조정에 적용된다.

Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. This requires not that the writer make all his sentences short, or that he avoid all detail and treat his subjects only in outline, but that every word tell.

instead ofuse
the question as to whetherwhether
there is no doubt but thatno doubt
used for fuel purposesused for fuel
he is a man whohe
owing to the fact thatsince(because)
the fact that he had not succeededhis failure

--William Strunk Jr. from TheElementsOfStyle

  • "디자인은 더 이상 빼낼 것이 없을 때 완성된다." EdwardTufte
  • "Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler." Einstein
  • "Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction." Einstein

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