In the previous chapter, I recommended that you eliminate meaningless words that are condescending, insulting, or self-deprecating; but there is another group of meaningless words that require replacement. The list begins with:
Attorneys have long cautioned officers and employees of corporations to avoid forward-looking statements. The financial scandals of the past decade have made those attorneys even more diligent about language. As a result, corporate presenters now fill their pitches with sentences formed in the conditional mood. Phrases containing “we believe...” ...