When writing, you always want to keep in mind what words you use because, either they are too wordy, useless, unhelpful, redundant, whatever the case may be. I definitely have to work on it. I know I use many of these words and phrases all the time. The article Plague Words and Phrases is an excellent listing of words and phrases that are used that really shouldn’t be.

The Plague Words and Phrases list provides you with a reason why not to use it or an alternative of the word or phrase. Below are some examples for the article:

  • And also This is often redundant.
  • And/or Outside of the legal world, most of the time this construction is used, it is neither necessary nor logical. Try using one word or the other.
  • As to whether The single word whether will suffice.
  • Basically, essentially, totally These words seldom add anything useful to a sentence. Try the sentence without them and, almost always, you will see the sentence improve.

Read the article, Plague Words and Phrases.

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