I’m listening to the news on the radio, and I just heard Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot say what needed to be done — and done “expeditiously.”
Madam Mayor, with that word, you lost my attention completely. A minute after I was eager to hear what you said on the topic, your careless extra-large word wrecked my attention.
When you speed something up, in some technical contexts, expediting it is a clear way to talk about an increase in speed.
But when you want something done quickly, why use a five-syllable word (expeditiously) when quickly itself has only two?
When you need help, would you ever say “Help! Expeditiously!” — or would you make the second word quickly?
I think we can solve this quickly. Let’s get rid of expeditiously, or at least limit it to very technical usages.