1..serving no practical purpose or result.
"So we must be vigilant in keeping story lengths appropriate. Bluntly — but obviously, I hope — every story should be as short as it needs to be. There's no excuse for a single otiose word or punctuation mark in our writing. Too many stories have repetitive anecdotes or unnecessary quotes. We will cut them."
Memo on October 11 by Wall Street Journal Editor-in-Chief Gerard Baker to reporters advising them that unnecessarily long stories would be trimmed as the newsroom ups its focus on digital journalism.