5 ugly words you can stop using now

If you want your writing to be authoritative, impactful and entertaining, removing words often makes it more of all those things.

Taking stuff away is usually better than adding more.

1: THAT. Particularly redundant, in phrases like “5 words that you can stop using now”.
2: BASICALLY. It’s a needless qualifier and undermines the power of your point.
3: LITERALLY. Most of the time, you mean metaphorically anyway.
4: I THINK. If you only think something, it may not be true. Don’t dilute your insights like that.
5: HONESTLY. If only the thing you just said was honest, was everything else a lie?

What are your favourite ugly words?

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