Which is correct? Backyard, back yard, or back-yard?
I frequently get questions from readers on the blog here and on our Facebook page. Some raise questions that I believe others might be wondering, so I plan to make it a habit to address some of them here on the blog.
Adding words just to meet an assigned paper length is known as padding, and it’s a bad habit that we don’t want to encourage. Good writing is concise. Good writers don’t use more words than necessary. It doesn’t mean they skimp on details or creative phrasing, just that they normally look for the simplest, clearest way to express their meaning.
Here are five ways we let wordiness creep into our writing.