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of words. And rewriting the backwards
order of some sentences helped too. Re-
sult: a 31% reduction in words, and grade
rather than 17. If you don’t think the
th grade is high, remember that John
Grisham writes at the 6th-grade level,
and most magazines are that or lower.
Also I justified the right margins
and changed font from the mediocre
Times New Roman to the more readable
Some of you could probably do bet-
ter—might we take out the rules cites? I
think so, but left in to show the difference
from the original.
Next time you see one of your docu-
ments, just take a few minutes to clean it
up. We will all benefit.
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