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22nd Aug '13 2:39:34 AM Antwan
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->''My liege, and madam, to expostulate\\
What majesty should be, what duty is,\\
What day is day, night night, and time is time,\\
Were nothing but to waste night, day, and time;\\
Therefore, since [[TropeNamer brevity is the soul of wit]],\\
And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes,\\
[[HypocriticalHumor I will be brief.]]''
-->--'''[[HypocriticalHumor Polonius]]''', ''{{Hamlet}} Act II Scene II Line 85-92''

%%Don't get carried away trying to turn this into a SelfDemonstratingArticle that uses as few words as possible. This is supposed to be a practical explanatory guideline, not a gag about taking it to an extreme. We already have BeigeProse and LaconicWiki for that.

Adding more words to something doesn't justify it: in fact, [[WallOfText the more you write, the more they can't read]]. Avoid WordCruft, PurpleProse and empty descriptions in writing your examples or engaging in conversation.

Conversely, however, Administrivia/{{Zero Context Example}}s or a noun followed by "That is all[=/=]Enough said" is boring. The use of few words isn't witty when they're ''the same few words with no meaning pertaining to the subject''.

This is the motto of LaconicWiki. For use of this guideline as a trope, see BeigeProse.

[[{{Hamlet}} Polonius]] [[HypocriticalHumor does not follow his own advice]]. [[LostInImitation Most don't realize]].

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->''My liege, and madam, to expostulate\\
What majesty should be, what duty is,\\
What day is day, night night, and time is time,\\
Were nothing but to waste night, day, and time;\\
Therefore, since [[TropeNamer brevity is the soul of wit]],\\
And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes,\\
[[HypocriticalHumor I will be brief.]]''
-->--'''[[HypocriticalHumor Polonius]]''', ''{{Hamlet}} Act II Scene II Line 85-92''

%%Don't get carried away trying to turn this into a SelfDemonstratingArticle that uses as few words as possible. This is supposed to be a practical explanatory guideline, not a gag about taking it to an extreme. We already have BeigeProse and LaconicWiki for that.

Adding more words to something doesn't justify it: in fact, [[WallOfText the more you write, the more they can't read]]. Avoid WordCruft, PurpleProse and empty descriptions in writing your examples or engaging in conversation.

Conversely, however, Administrivia/{{Zero Context Example}}s or a noun followed by "That is all[=/=]Enough said" is boring. The use of few words isn't witty when they're ''the same few words with no meaning pertaining to the subject''.

This is the motto of LaconicWiki. For use of this guideline as a trope, see BeigeProse.

[[{{Hamlet}} Polonius]] [[HypocriticalHumor does not follow his own advice]]. [[LostInImitation Most don't realize]].
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16th Mar '13 9:50:34 PM Twiddler
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[[{{Hamlet}} Polonius]] [[HypocriticalHumor does not follow his own advice]]. [[LostInImitation Most don't realize]].

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[[{{Hamlet}} Polonius]] [[HypocriticalHumor does not follow his own advice]]. [[LostInImitation Most don't realize]].
25th Jan '13 11:23:57 AM y2k
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-->--'''[[HypocriticalHumor Polonius]]''', ''{{Hamlet}}''

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-->--'''[[HypocriticalHumor Polonius]]''', ''{{Hamlet}}''
''{{Hamlet}} Act II Scene II Line 85-92''
10th Dec '12 7:49:11 AM SeptimusHeap
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Conversely, however, {{Zero Context Example}}s or a noun followed by "That is all[=/=]Enough said" is boring. The use of few words isn't witty when they're ''the same few words with no meaning pertaining to the subject''.

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Conversely, however, {{Zero Administrivia/{{Zero Context Example}}s or a noun followed by "That is all[=/=]Enough said" is boring. The use of few words isn't witty when they're ''the same few words with no meaning pertaining to the subject''.
28th Nov '12 6:23:41 PM TropeEater
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Therefore, since brevity is the soul of wit,\\

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Therefore, since [[TropeNamer brevity is the soul of wit,\\wit]],\\



Which quote's more readable?
28th Nov '12 6:21:29 PM TropeEater
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->''[[TropeNamer Brevity is... wit.]]''
-->--Banner at a [[BlandNameProduct Reading Digest]] convention, ''TheSimpsons'', "Mr. Lisa Goes to Washington"
30th Dec '11 7:34:52 PM SeanMurrayI
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Conversely, however, "XJustX" (made into a permanent redlink due to overuse) or a noun followed by "That is all[=/=]Enough said" is boring. The use of few words isn't witty when they're ''the same few words with no meaning pertaining to the subject''.

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Conversely, however, "XJustX" (made into a permanent redlink due to overuse) {{Zero Context Example}}s or a noun followed by "That is all[=/=]Enough said" is boring. The use of few words isn't witty when they're ''the same few words with no meaning pertaining to the subject''.
6th Dec '11 5:02:21 PM PotatoKnight
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-->--Banner at a Reader's Digest convention, ''TheSimpsons'', "Mr. Lisa Goes to Washington"

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-->--Banner at a Reader's Digest [[BlandNameProduct Reading Digest]] convention, ''TheSimpsons'', "Mr. Lisa Goes to Washington"
28th Nov '11 2:18:16 AM memememememe
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Adding more words to something doesn't make it more justified: in fact, [[WallOfText the more you write, the more they can't read]]. Avoid WordCruft, PurpleProse and empty descriptions in writing your examples.

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Adding more words to something doesn't make it more justified: justify it: in fact, [[WallOfText the more you write, the more they can't read]]. Avoid WordCruft, PurpleProse and empty descriptions in writing your examples.
examples or engaging in conversation.
12th Oct '11 1:33:24 AM memememememe
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Which quote is more readable?

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Which quote is quote's more readable?



Adding words to an example doesn't make it more justified: in fact, [[WallOfText the more you write, the more they can't read]]. Avoid WordCruft, PurpleProse and empty descriptions in writing your examples.

Conversely, however, "XJustX" (made into a permanent redlink due to overuse) or a noun followed by "That is all" is boring. The use of few words isn't witty when they're ''the same few words with no meaning pertaining to the subject''.

to:

Adding more words to an example something doesn't make it more justified: in fact, [[WallOfText the more you write, the more they can't read]]. Avoid WordCruft, PurpleProse and empty descriptions in writing your examples.

Conversely, however, "XJustX" (made into a permanent redlink due to overuse) or a noun followed by "That is all" all[=/=]Enough said" is boring. The use of few words isn't witty when they're ''the same few words with no meaning pertaining to the subject''.
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