This video clip about typing is a funny way to call attention to a concern I have about a particular use of the word type. (For clip, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypDwh2ShJ6A. Alert: I suggest watching the clip only after reading the rest of this short post. Clicking on the link may take you away from the post.)
Something I read recently brought to mind a wordy, awkward phrase involving type that I often – far too often! – see and hear: “these types of …” (e.g., “these types of videos …”).
It’s the same with “kind.” Here’s an example from a recent article in The Washington Post: “… he dislikes both candidates equally and hopes to send a signal that Americans are not okay with these kinds of options.”
Why not say it less awkwardly with the help of a simple word: like? (That would change the end of the sentence above, for example, to the far more pleasing “with options like these.”)
A simple substitution like this can make your writing clearer, tighter, more engaging and less awkward. Try it. You’ll like it!