STOP USING THESE WORDS

STOP USING THESE WORDS


A quick and simple list of words that I’d like you to avoid using:

REALLY / VERY

If you want to emphasise something, use a single word that expresses what you’re trying to say. You won’t need really or very.

UNIQUE

Each snowflake is unique. Your business probably isn’t.

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Innovative businesses don’t have to say it; they demonstrate it.

PASSIONATE

You’re ‘passionate’ about bricklaying? Hmm, sounds odd – right? Save your passion for the boudoir and find a better adjective.

JUST

The word ‘just’ doesn’t add any value to your sentence – try crossing it out. There – told you.

FOR FREE

It’s ‘free’, not ‘for free’. If you want to expand, use ‘complimentary’.

BASICALLY / ESSENTIALLY

Basically, if you remove these words your sentence will improve, I promise.

UTILISE

This word won’t make you appear to be more intelligent. Use ‘use’.

OF

Don’t write would of, should of, could of when you mean would have, should have, could have.

!!! *

If you want your copy to look as if it were written by an excitable teenage girl, then use exclamation marks. See if I care! Use three if you want to appear insane!!!

 

* I know ‘!!!’ isn’t a word, but use of exclamation marks is a pet peeve of mine so I couldn’t leave them out.

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