19THE SIX MOST COMMON LANGUAGE MISTAKES

As far as profits, if we would have kept the factory where it’s at, there’s three things we should have done in terms of productivity for the managers that have to run it.

A PART FROM BEING hopelessly unwieldy, this sentence embraces six of the most woefully abused language mistakes we hear not only in business but in life itself. Four of the six betray the speaker as someone with an incomplete education. The fifth—a numbing reliance on the phrase in terms of—just indicates lazy talk (and lazy writing).

Now look at this:

As far as profits are concerned, if we had kept the factory where it was, we now see three things we should have done to boost productivity (for the managers who have to run the factory). ...

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