10 words one must avoid while Speaking ed by Amirtha Devarajan
Basically Basically can be either used to summarize the most important aspects of a statement. It can also be used to emphasize confidence, honesty and simplicity Not used to make a statement stronger Not used to bring a sense of finality Example: So basically I told him to decide which ne of us he would take to the prom.
Like People continually try to use the word, to signal that what they are referring to, was like' that thing. A filler which delays expressing the actual idea. Example: I was like really angry at first. But then, I calmed down every time use the word LIKE as a Filler I HATE MYSELF A LITTLE BIT MORE
Actually The word is supposed to be used in order to point to something that is truly there. The majority used it to make their statement stronger, or to add more punch to their sentence. Example: The teacher was saying something but I actually had no idea what it was.
Really One of the most misused words. We want to tell our audience that what we are referring to is 'really' great, we use it to emphasize that. Example: They were having a really great time. Meaning: Truly, Unquestionably
Very Substitute 'damn' every time you're inclined to write 'very'; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be." - Mark Twain x Example: He was very worried that she would say something wrong It is a conception that very magnifies the intensity. IT DOES NOT. Example - Instead of very painful, use excruciating
Literally The word literally means 'actually, but without exaggeration. Literally is meant to signify something that occurs in the strictest sense of the word. x Example: I literally ate 7 hot dogs the other day. Figuratively means metaphorically, and literally describes something that actually happened. If you say that a guitar solo literally blew your head off, your head should not be uttauhed to your body
Honestly Another word used too often by people to highlight their statement or sentences. . If you use honestly to say to the reader that the particular statement was true, then what does that say about the rest of your writing? Example: Honestly, why he said those things are beyond me. e
A lot The word A lot can become a crutch word for many peopleand they don't even realize that they may be using it a lot. e A lot can mean any kind of an amount if it doesn't have context attached. While 'a lot' may seem like a significant high number to one person, it can mear very little to another Example: A lot of the people at the party left early
Obviously Just like the words Actually' and 'Literally, the word obviously, is often misused by too many out there . It is supposed to refer to something or someone that is understood, easily seen or recognized. Example: He obviously forgot how to say what he means.
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