Nasty, brutish and short

Stella Gibbons, in her intro to Cold Comfort Farm (highly recommended, by the by, if you feel you could use a bit of cheering up in these days of gloom):

Must confess I do tend to focus on saying exactly what needs saying in short sentences. Then again, business copy is pretty much journalism-in-spades by Gibbons’s definition: words with a job to do.