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;complimentary:If it's free, then call it "free" and save three syllables.
 
;complimentary:If it's free, then call it "free" and save three syllables.
 
;conveniently located: fluff.  just say where it is, and what it is close to - preferably metro stations etc, rather than attractions.
 
;conveniently located: fluff.  just say where it is, and what it is close to - preferably metro stations etc, rather than attractions.
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;fully equipped: state what it is equipped with, rather than add this promotional fluff.
 
;ideal: state what exactly makes it ideal
 
;ideal: state what exactly makes it ideal
 
;is located in: This is a long way of saying "is in".
 
;is located in: This is a long way of saying "is in".

Revision as of 17:13, 15 June 2009

These are some words to avoid in Wikitravel guides and listings.

affordable
Affordable compared to sleeping on the street or in a five-star hotel? Always give exact prices, or at least a price range.
best
Or any similar superlative. Unless you've actually tried all the others, this is a presumptuous comparison.
complimentary
If it's free, then call it "free" and save three syllables.
conveniently located
fluff. just say where it is, and what it is close to - preferably metro stations etc, rather than attractions.
fully equipped
state what it is equipped with, rather than add this promotional fluff.
ideal
state what exactly makes it ideal
is located in
This is a long way of saying "is in".
is situated in
See "is located in".
it should be noted that...
Go ahead and note it, then.
low(est) prices
instead, provide the prices, or at least some examples of them
luxurious
Empty, flowery language. Use a more concrete description instead: what part of the hotel/restaurant/etc. do you find luxurious? Are the curtains made of purple velvet? Is the ceiling painted with gilded murals?
sumptuous
See "luxurious".
perfect choice
state what exactly makes it perfect choice
premiere
Empty, flowery language. If a place or business is "first" in some sense, use that sense specifically. Otherwise, avoid this word.
reasonable
What's "reasonable" for a business traveller in London is a barbarous outrage for a backpacker in Thailand. Always give exact prices, or at least a price range.
recommended
Recommended by whom? Wikitravel is too big to make recommendations. Simply add descriptive listings.
severe penalties
$100 fine? imprisonment? death penalty? Be as specific as possible.
suggested
Suggested by whom? Wikitravel is too big to make recommendations. Simply add descriptive listings.
travellers should remember that...
Good thing we wrote it down in the guides, then.
tourist
A negatively-weighted word in English. Very few English-speaking travellers identify themselves as tourists; almost all recreational travellers are.
unique / unique for (kind of travellers)
state what exactly makes it unique

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