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Wordiness Is a Defense Against Popularity


This report, by its very length, defends itself against the risk of being read. -- Winston Churchill

Sir Winston Churchill was a master of the English language and greatly appreciated the effectiveness of a carefully-edited work. He was famous for emphasizing the need for brevity in all of his official documents.

He had little patience for anyone who could not exercise similar discipline. Once, when evaluating a lengthy report, he remarked, “This report, by its very length, defends itself against the risk of being read.”


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