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    15 words you should eliminate from your vocabulary

    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: 15 words you should eliminate from your vocabulary

    I agree with irregardless. The rest, not so much.

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    Re: 15 words you should eliminate from your vocabulary

    The word "that" has been used to refer to people for 200 years.

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    Re: 15 words you should eliminate from your vocabulary

    Interesting. I would always delete "that" and change it to "who" after a reference to people.
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    Re: 15 words you should eliminate from your vocabulary

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I agree with irregardless. The rest, not so much.
    I agree that they shouldn't be deleted from one's vocabulary completely but they are certainly overused. "Irregardless" shouldn't be in anyone's vocabulary in the first place!
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    Re: 15 words you should eliminate from your vocabulary

    They left out "overcrowding" and some others that are on my list.

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    Re: 15 words you should eliminate from your vocabulary

    I think this list is written more from a writer's perspective, than a speaker's perspective. While I'll acknowldege the author's points as valid if you're trying to create more engaging prose, I really don't see the problem with any (yes, even 'irregardless') of them from a conversational standpoint.

    I've been known to say 'irregardless' myself, although since my spellcheck in Word pitches a fit, I normally avoid it in writing.

    Interestingly enough, the forum spellcheck isn't flagging 'irregardless'.

    It's really more of just a pet peeve list than anything else.
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    Re: 15 words you should eliminate from your vocabulary

    "Interestingly enough" is on my list.

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    Re: 15 words you should eliminate from your vocabulary

    Literally seems to wind a lot of people up when it is not used literally.

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    Re: 15 words you should eliminate from your vocabulary

    1. It really depends on the situation. I am more likely to use "that" when it clarifies the meaning, or when writing very formal English. I also believe "that" should not be used with people (use "who" instead) despite its history. "that" makes people sound like inanimate objects to my ears.

    2. If you eliminate "went", you would also have to eliminate "go". Both are useful words. In formal writing I may write "attended school" instead of "went to school".

    3. Yes, "honestly" or "to be honest" imply that what you wrote before may not be honest. I would not use it in, say, a formal letter to an authority figure whose decisions hold sway over you (e.g. a letter to a potential employer or university admissions committee).

    4., 5., 7., 11. I'd say avoid these in creative writing, but they're OK in expository writing.

    6. "really" is unacceptable in formal writing, in my opinion. It goes along with "a lot", "boss", "kid", and other similar words that I believe should be avoided in formal writing.

    8., 9. I find that the Chinese love to use "always" in their academic writing. I advise learners to avoid it (and "never") unless they're prepared to back up their statements with evidence.

    10. Just know how "literally" is supposed to be used, and I'm fine.

    12. I'm ambivalent about "maybe". Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

    13. "stuff" meaning "things". Avoid in formal writing. But: "He is made of sterner stuff" strikes me as acceptable, as is "the right stuff" (though cliched... but I don't generally get worked up about cliches).

    14. Meh

    15. Here's a place where I am fine saying "never": "never use 'irregardless'".

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