language Words to Avoid to Improve Your Writing  

Amy Boal
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What words make your writing sound dumb? What phrases should you just stop using right this second because, by simply not using them at all, your writing will improve ten-fold? Answer: the words on this list. From the poor, misused, and abused "literally" to weird phrases like "should of" that aren't even proper English, this list of words to avoid in your writing offers all kinds of excellent tips and tricks for being a better writer.

Some of these phrases are easy to eliminate from your writing due to the fact that because there is a single actual English word that means the same thing. Just use that word instead! It's fun and also correct. Who doesn't love having fun in a very correct, normal English-sounding way?

How do you become a better writer? Well, to start, you should write about something interesting. Or even something boring as long, as the way in which you are writing is lots of fun. Then, you should reread everything (maybe even out loud to yourself; it really helps) and try and to eliminate any of the words on this list of common grammar mistakes.

Upvote the most annoying words that you hate to see in writing below - those words and phrases in the English language you think writers should avoid in order to improve the quality of their writing.

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Try And is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Words to Avoid to Improve Your Writing
Try And Try to figure out what's wrong with this one. Try to.

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Literally is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Words to Avoid to Improve Your Writing
Literally You probably don't literally mean this.

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Bae is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Words to Avoid to Improve Your Writing
Bae This isn't even a word, sorry!

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Irregardless is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Words to Avoid to Improve Your Writing
Irregardless Oh, sorry, you mean "regardless."

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Should Of is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Words to Avoid to Improve Your Writing
Should Of Oops, you meant to write "should have."

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Really is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Words to Avoid to Improve Your Writing
Really Really? No.

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On Account Of is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Words to Avoid to Improve Your Writing
On Account Of Please don't.

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It Goes Without Saying is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Words to Avoid to Improve Your Writing
It Goes Without Saying Oh, yeah? Then stop typing.

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Exact Same is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Words to Avoid to Improve Your Writing
Exact Same Great news: these words mean the same thing, and you only need one of them!

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Being That is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Words to Avoid to Improve Your Writing
Being That Alternate option: The word "because."

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Thusly is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Words to Avoid to Improve Your Writing
Thusly You could also just say "thus."

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All of the Sudden is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Words to Avoid to Improve Your Writing
All of the Sudden All of a sudden, I'm so mad at you.

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Oftentimes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Words to Avoid to Improve Your Writing
Oftentimes The word you're looking for is "often."

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As to Whether is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Words to Avoid to Improve Your Writing
As to Whether Just don't.

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Very is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Words to Avoid to Improve Your Writing
Very This one is very unnecessary.

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Etc. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Words to Avoid to Improve Your Writing
Etc. Why not end a sentence more creatively?

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That Being Said is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Words to Avoid to Improve Your Writing
That Being Said Why not delete all three of these words?

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A Number Of is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Words to Avoid to Improve Your Writing
A Number Of Be careful because 0 is also a number!

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Begs the Question is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Words to Avoid to Improve Your Writing
Begs the Question Is it a dog? Do you have treats?

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Utilize is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Words to Avoid to Improve Your Writing
Utilize Use. Just say "use."

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That is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Words to Avoid to Improve Your Writing
That You can probably just skip it and everything will be fine.

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Whilst is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Words to Avoid to Improve Your Writing
Whilst You can just say "while," unless you are actually British.

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First and Foremost is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Words to Avoid to Improve Your Writing
First and Foremost Stop boring me with two words that do the same thing.