Posts Tagged ‘actually’

My favorite word and my least favorite word

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Words count. They define your writing style and your speaking style, and they are crucial to communicating clearly. Making a list of your favorite words and the words you loath the most is an enjoyable and enlightening exercise. Providing some brief rationale on why they make your lists will cause you to reflect on word selection.

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Basically, we have to get back to basics.

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

One of the most brilliant people I know had the worst adverb overuse problem I’ve encountered. He was a “basically” addict. He used basically in about 70% of his sentences, sometimes twice in the same sentence. As with most adverb overusers, he was especially prone to this habit when he was somewhat nervous, speaking in front of a large audience. His most memorable line was, “Basically, we have to get back to basics.” This sort of speaking and writing problem does not indicate a lack of intelligence or experience. It is simply a bad habit that even the smartest, most articulate among us can pick up without realizing it.

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