Dead fragments -- usability of text

In Just Say No to Dead Fragments , Nick Usborne urges us not to use "dead fragments". His definition of a dead fragment? "A dead fragment of text is what's left after a usability expert has had his or her way with some perfectly good copy." I guess what a lot of do is distill a lot of text and labels to the bare minimum of words in an effort to make the text more easily digestable. Often pages that become data-dense demand quick and easy recognition by users, and that is done by being clear and economic with our words. I liken the way we create dead fragments to the way you can communicate a very complex thought or feeling with just a few words in a haiku. You don't have to be verbose to communicate your message eloquently and effectively.