I'm currently copywriting a description for a facebook page. Unfortunately it imposes a limit on me of about 200 characters.

To get to the point, I'd need a synonym for "ease of use" that's a bit shorter to trim it down. (Also, I currently end two sentences with "use" and it's not pretty)

  • "easy" or "EZ"? Without a little more of the sentence/phrase, it's hard to help you. – Kristina Lopez Jul 5 '13 at 21:15
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    usability? Only really saves you the spaces... – batpigandme Jul 5 '13 at 21:20
  • Perhaps "usage" – Celeritas Jul 5 '13 at 22:43
  • Why trim "ease of use", of all things? You have a whopping 189 other characters to trim. If you absolutely don't want to trim them and "ease of use" is the only thing you can touch, then it's by definition the least important thing and you can drop it altogether. Especially if you are already repeating "use". At any rate, "usability" is too obvious a candidate for this to stay open in its current form. thesaurus.babylon.com/ease%20of%20use – RegDwigнt Jul 6 '13 at 0:29

Perhaps something like applicability or utility will suit your needs. (Utility saves you five characters, and I'm not sure you'll find a word much shorter.) If you're simply trying to avoid the use portion of your phrase, you can try ease of operation, though that doesn't meet your preference of being shorter.

If you're looking for something more adjectival, I think user-friendly nicely sums up your sentiment (in fact, this could be extended to user-friendliness, though truthfully I think that sounds slightly forced and awkward). However, if you're trying to avoid using anything remotely related to the word use, I would recommend something like accessible or straightforward.

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  • Your suggestions don't really fill the OP's need to use less characters. – Kristina Lopez Jul 6 '13 at 0:02
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    @KristinaLopez Actually, utility saves five characters. That's probably as good as you'll get. Also, the title of the question only says preferably shorter. – asteri Jul 6 '13 at 0:15
  • Probably...without resorting to indecipherable abbreviations. Lol! – Kristina Lopez Jul 6 '13 at 0:25
  • I agree, but then I have "focus on reliability and usability." and I don't know if that sounds much better? Hard – Alexander Kuzmin Jul 6 '13 at 11:06

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