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More Words You Must Never Use


It’s time to list more words that people use but shouldn’t because they’re showing their ignorance/stupidity/lack of education/good sense by misusing them either while speaking or writing. You don’t want to sound like your IQ is 32, do you?

To quote the late, great George Carlin, using these words will “infect your soul, curve your spine, and keep the country from winning the war.” Of course, Carlin meant seven other words when he said that, but I like the sentiment.

ain’t — It’s not a contraction. Heck, it isn’t even a word. You sound so unintelligent when you use it. Better to use are not, aren’t, is not or isn’t.

donut — I don’t care if this word has become an acceptable spelling for the word doughnut, it’s doughnut.

emcee/MC — Unless you mean rapper MC Hammer or the character in “Cabaret,” spell it out: master/mistress of ceremonies or simply host.

enquire — My dictionary lists this as a variation of inquire or inquiry. I say that unless you refer to the national tabloid (and add an “r” to the end), don’t use it.

forcible rape –– This is redundant. Rape is always forcible.

fortnight — It refers to a two-week period, but unless you’re referring to the Wimbledon tennis tournament, use two weeks. You’ll sound less pretentious.

in spite of — Use despite because it means the same thing and is shorter. As I’ve said, why use three words when one works?

noncontroversial — There’s no such thing as a noncontroversial issue. The issue is either controversial or it’s not.

towards — No such word, so there’s no “moving towards the light.” It’s moving toward the light.

whitepaper — Whether you’re describing a color of paper or a special report, it’s two words.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

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September 13, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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