Suddenly you can’t get that creature out of your mind, right?
Something similar seems to be happening to me as I think and write about writing. My jargon-o-meter is on high alert these days.
So, for a little fun, here are some of the words and phrases that are currently high on my flop parade.
I’m sorry. There may be some technical reason to use this word. But for most of us, “use” works just as well without causing so much pain and gnashing of teeth. “Utilize” doesn’t make you sound smart. It’s just plain annoying. Please stop.
At the end of the day
To me, this is just throat-clearing. Does what you’re saying change if you’re writing in the morning?
In these troubling times
Fred Thompson keeps doing it as he tries to sell you a reverse mortgage. Investment firms, too. I guess they think that making people nervous will increase their sales. I think it’s a loser if you’re hoping to gain donations. Don’t remind people about how nervous they should be. Remind them about what great things they can do with a donation.
Couldn’t you just say what you mean? Why not “Let’s look at some of the details”?
For all intents and purposes
What the heck DO you mean?
Am I the only one who starts feeling itchy? This one screams “corporate speak” to me. I’m pretty sure I’m allergic.
Make a difference
Guilty. I’ve done it. I bet you have, too. I’ve promised myself I’ll do better. Because “make a difference” is just filler. It doesn’t say anything. How will it make a difference? What kind of difference? A difference to whom? Be specific. Be tangible.
I know that you have your own collection of words and phrases that should die.
Utilize the comment box below and make a difference by sharing yours.