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15 Words To Drop From Your Vocab RIGHT NOW To Sound Smart

We all want to sound a bit smarter than we actually are, and experts have now compiled a list of words you can eliminate from your vocabulary.

Career advice experts at The Muse have come up with 15 words you can get rid of, to help you write more succinctly and make you sound clever.

1. That

Most often, the word 'that' is unnecessary, and you can remove it from almost any sentence and it will make sense.

Also, use 'who' instead of 'that' when referring to a person.

When you do this, the things that you say will make perfect sense.

2. Went

Using the word 'went' is plain boring when we have so many verbs at our disposal in the English language.

What about 'ran' or 'drove' or 'flew' - be specific, don't be lazy...

3. Honestly

When you use the word 'honestly' in an attempt to sound more earnest, it actually makes the statement that the rest of your words aren't...

Honestly, drop this one from your vocab!

4. Really

This is one of those words you really, really don't need to use. Especially repeating 'really' in a sentence.

Asking if someone is 'really sure' over 'sure', will hardly change their response...

5. Very

The word 'very' often fails to liven up any sentence, it's also very subjective - someone that is 'very tall' to one person might be average to another.

How long is a piece of string? Try to be more specific with your wording.

Don't be very angry, be furious.

Don't be very happy, be ecstatic.

6. Amazing

'Amazing' is meant to convey "great surprise or sudden wonder", but if it's being used for everything, it loses its meaning.

If we had to pick any word in our language that is overused, we'd have to say it would be 'amazing'.

7. Absolutely

Much like the words 'really' and 'very', it's pretty pointless.

Unless we're talking about 'Absolutely Fabulous' of course!


8. Always

According to experts, 'always' is rarely true.

Absolutes tend to lock a writer into a position, make them sound conceited and close-minded.

It can also attract criticism about inaccuracies... Best to stay away from this one.

9. Never

Same rules apply to 'never' as they do to 'always'... Stay clear.

10. Literally

'Literally' means literal, as in exactly what you're saying is true. There isn't much need to add this word to anything.

It's another overused word in our language.

11. Just

'Just' tends to weaken sentences, unless used as a synonym for 'fair' or 'impartial', avoid this one.

12. Maybe

'Maybe' just makes you sound uninformed. 

Or maybe it doesn't, we're not sure...

13. Stuff

Perhaps the vaguest word in our language.

What stuff are you talking about? Be specific!

14. Things

Again, too vague!

What things??

15. Irregardless

Means the same as regardless... Also not entirely sure if it's a real word - just a combination of regardless and irrespective. 

Source: The Sun

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