Don't Anesthetize Your Colleagues with Bad Writing
Harvard Business Review
JANUARY 28, 2013
And remember what George Washington said when questioned about the fallen cherry tree: not "It was accomplished by utilizing a small, sharp-edged implement," but "I used my little hatchet.". But if you develop a strong habit of using active voice, you'll largely prevent convoluted, backward-sounding sentences in your writing. It may be convenient to refer to COGS instead of spelling out "cost of goods sold."