Friday, April 21, 2017

15 words you should eliminate from your vocabulary to sound smarter

Newsprint is on life support, emoji are multiplying faster than hungry Gremlins, and 300 million people worldwide strive to make their point in 140 or fewer characters.

People don't have the time or the attention span to read any more words than necessary. You want your readers to hear you out, understand your message, and perhaps be entertained, right? Here's a list of words to eliminate to help you write more succinctly.
  1. That
  2. Went
  3. Honestly
  4. Absolutely
  5. Very
  6. Really
  7. Amazing
  8. Always
  9. Never
  10. Literally
  11. Just
  12. Maybe
  13. Stuff
  14. Things
  15. Irregardless
Be sure to read Jennie Haskamp's complete article at to see why these words should be eliminated.

I'd like to add another to her list: So. When did we start  beginning sentences with the word "So"?