Wordiness will always diminish the professional image any writing conveys. That’s because the best writing always possesses clarity and conciseness. Of course, writers should seek first to be clear; the reader must receive the communicated message as the writer intended. But often, more than one way exists to achieve that clarity. That’s where conciseness comes in. Concise use of language conveys precision, a much more professional connotation than the sloppiness conveyed with using unnecessary words.
That’s what kind of and sort of are. They are colloquial phrases carried into written English from spoken English to mean rather, somewhat, or somehow. The imprecision of these words effectively communicates nothing. That’s why eliminating them altogether improves the professional image your writing conveys.
Consider the example sentence in the graphic above. Because kind of means rather, we can replace the one with the other. This produces
Using kind and of together can sometimes be appropriate. Consider this example:
But whenever your writing uses kind of as a qualifying adjective to mean rather, somewhat, or somehow, avoid its use altogether. The same goes for sort of as well. Learn the differences between spoken English and written English, and eliminate unnecessary words from your writing. More precise writing is better writing that better communicates not only your message but also a sense of professionalism associated with you, your organizations, and your brands.