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    Cut the crap

    cut the crap
    I seek a polite way of putting this in English.
    I want to write a sentence introduced by something like this:
    Ok, cutting all that highbrow crap... (and go on to say what I am going to say)

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    Re: Cut the crap

    Leaving the highbrow stuff to one side....

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    Re: Cut the crap

    Quote Originally Posted by alexpen View Post
    cut the crap
    I seek a polite way of putting this in English.
    I want to write a sentence introduced by something like this:
    Okay, cutting all that highbrow crap... (and go on to say what I am going to say).
    Depending on the context, you could try something like:

    - Okay, cutting to the chase,
    - Okay, to make a long story short,
    - Okay, to get right to the point,
    - Okay, the bottom line is,
    - Okay, briefly,
    - Okay, in lay terms,
    - Okay, boiling it all down,
    - Okay, skipping the ten-dollar words,

    I hope that helps!
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: Cut the crap

    Thank you for all your ideas.
    I pick out the 'ten-dollar words' this time )

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    Re: Cut the crap

    That won't mean anything to British English speakers.

    We don't even say 'ten pound words'.

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    Re: Cut the crap

    Quote Originally Posted by alexpen View Post
    I pick out the 'ten-dollar words' this time
    Cutting out would work better for me.

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    Re: Cut the crap

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    That won't mean anything to British English speakers.

    We don't even say 'ten pound words'.
    By coincidence, it targets American audience.

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    Re: Cut the crap

    Quote Originally Posted by alexpen View Post
    By coincidence, it targets an American audience.

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    Re: Cut the crap

    I can't say I've ever heard "ten-dollar words."
    I grew up hearing about "two-bit" words. I guess I could make the connection.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Cut the crap

    Quote Originally Posted by RobertJ View Post
    In that case, just change 'crap' to 'excrement'.
    I'm confused. Are you saying that AmE speakers don't use the word "crap", or the phrase "cut the crap"? That doesn't fit with the AmE speakers I know.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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