In terms of

  • The phrase in terms of is usually wordy for in or for. It works well when used to mean measured in units of or expressed by means of, but in most other cases in terms of could be shortened to a single word.



    1. “In terms of” is pure filler, or “fluff”

    2. “In terms of” is spreading like a mind virus throughout the media and more problematically throughout the education system. This, from a teacher of advanced english: “…in terms of if you want to use the prescribed text, you can!”

      It is effectively deleting and replacing an extensive list of phrases and is almost always used incorrectly. “in terms of’, as mentioned above, is a mathematical phrase, as in “express X in terms of Y” but people use it to mean a whole range of things, most commonly “on the subject of” or “in relation to” etc. We are losing all subtlety as everyone tries to sound smarter but actually end up exposing their stupidity. it just sounds pretentious on one hand and dumb on the other.

      Here is a list I have compiled of possible correct phrases to use, instead of the incorrect “in terms of”:

      with regard to
      in relation to
      from the perspective of
      from which
      in and of
      inasmuch as
      when you consider
      in connection with
      as far as
      factoring in
      taking into account
      as to
      as with
      as in
      in respect of
      with reference to
      in the matter of
      in the way of
      in and around
      to the extent that
      when it comes to
      on the basis of
      nothing (just don’t say it)

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