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Some More Words Not to Use

English has so many words, yet sometimes, you’re better off not using some of them.

Deaf and dumb — Unless you’re singing a line from “Pinball Wizard,” avoid this. It’s too inflammatory and insulting.

Defense — It’s a noun; never a verb. The correct verb is defend.

Excetera/Etcetra/Et cetra — All wrong. It’s et cetera to mean “and others, especially of the same kind” and etcetera to mean “a number of unspecified additional persons or things.”

Handicap — Use disabled unless you’re talking about a golf score.

Home in on — It’s hone in on.

Pled Use pleaded.

Try and — the correct form is try to.

Viceversa — two words.

Until next time! Use the right words!

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November 17, 2015 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , ,


  1. Sorry to disagree. Lit is a perfectly appropriate past or past participle for light. Lighted is as well. It depends on the sentence, which sounds best, but both are correct under appropriate circumstances. Google it and you’ll find many references to this.


    Comment by Anne Davies | November 17, 2015 | Reply

  2. Merriam-Webster gives “lit” first and “lighted” second. I believe that “try and” is acceptable in UK English.


    Comment by intelligenteditingblog | November 17, 2015 | Reply

  3. I always love when people tell me I’m wrong. It’s more correct to say certain stylebooks prefer “lighted” over “lit,” but since “lit” is correct, it’s no longer a word you should never use and, as a result, has been deleted. Thank you to all who caught this.


    Comment by usingtherightwords | November 17, 2015 | Reply

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