David Colton, an editor at USA Today, has a great term for writing that doesn’t get to the point quickly. He calls it “clearing your throat”. I heard about it in Tate Linden’s post in the Thingnamer, The blog.
Loyal On the Dot readers know I am passionate about writing that gets to the point quickly. I am hereby appropriating the phrase “clearing your throat” to refer to writing that misses the mark. David Colton gets credit for coining the term unless someone else wants to step up and claim coinage.
Interestingly, now that I’ve been blogging for awhile I’m realizing that many of the best posts don’t get to the point quickly. But that’s for another day.