According to David Hirst (2010), these are a few of the key words and phrases that we really should throw away in the linguistic dustbin:
5) Pursuant to
6) Appended below
7) Pertaining to
8) Latest by
11) Refer to the above/the above refers
13) Favourable reply
15) As per
16) Soonest possible
17) Kindly/Kindly review/for your Kind attention
20) Our/Your Madam (Chan)
Really, do we need all that?
Here are some examples:
1) Please submit the form latest by 25th August 2017
Better alternative: Please submit the form by 25th August 2017
Malay: Sila hantar borang selewat-lewatnya sebelum 25 Ogos 2017
Even that is already wrong. It should be 'Sila hantar borang selewat-lewatnya 25 Ogos 2017.
2) The details of the program as per below
Better alternative: The details of the program are as shown below
3) I await your favorable reply.
Better alternative: I await your reply.
Stating favorable in the sentence is almost like forcing the person to reply favorably to you.
Based on my time as a Communications undergraduate, then an English teacher, I often discover that people who need to read our written work want an easier time digesting what they've read.
As a Communications undergraduate, I took Business Communications as one of my core subjects. In fact, I still own the book we used in class. If you're in the corporate sector, I'd highly recommend books that would help in writing reports, minutes, letters, even e-mails to communicate with clients better.
Reference:David Hirst (2010), Business Writing-The Evolution of Writing with Style & Impact. KUALA LUMPUR : Advantage Quest.