Words That Stop the Reader

The Army’s two most senior special operations officers, Gen. Joseph Votel and Lt. Gen. Raymond “Tony” Thomas, appear to be the Pentagon’s new picks to lead two of its most influential four-star headquarters. The moves are not yet official, but they would put Votel and Thomas in charge of U.S. Central Command and U.S. Special Operations Command respectively, both based in Tampa, Florida.

Votel, who will be leaving the latter command to lead the former, has been profiled by the media before.

Washington Post A-section story January 11, 2016:
Former and latter make the reader stop and re-read what came before. And the word respectively almost always is confusing or redundant.
—Jack Limpert

Speak Your Mind