Do you think that certain words are overused these days?
In conversations, in publications, in social media, there are words that are repeated over and over so much that they often lose their appeal. Their purpose.
I know ~I~ tend to overuse certain words when writing. I’ve caught myself repeating words like “like” and “as if” every other sentence. That’s one of the words/phrases I double check for when I read through something.
I also find myself saying “cool” and “wonderful” and “amazing” a lot. I suppose it doesn’t take much to impress me, and those are the words that instantly come up when I describe something new that I like.
The media is just as guilty of overuse to get a reaction, too “Exciting,” “cutting edge”, “innovative,” and “unprecedented” are just a few of the over-used words referred to in polls on the Internet.
Often these words, when seen, loose the punch they were meant to give. Especially if you overuse them in the same article/story/conversation.
But I also find that when you substitute words for the most popular ones, your pattern of speech changes. If I change out “I had a wonderful day yesterday!” with “I had a superb day yesterday!” does it feel the same? Flow the same? If I say “Her artwork is stunning” instead of “Her work is marvelous,” does it mean the same thing?
I was thinking this morning about a name for this blog. I wanted to talk about sharing information or advice or other blogs I enjoy with you. Sharing links or ideas or snippets of conversation that may bring a smile to your face.
Of course, you can also share drugs, diseases, gossip and hatred. Perhaps that’s the double edged sword of many words. They can be taken either way.
All this came about because I wanted to let you know I enjoy sharing other people’s blogs with you. I know there are a million blogs out there, everyone creating their own niche, their own following. And that you already have too many blogs you are already committed to.
But like a great recipe, if there’s truth and/or humor and/or information to share from someone else’s offerings, it’s worth sharing. If you share because you are impressed and delighted by what you experienced, that’s good. If you share because it is an unpopular opinion or because you want others to be “on your side”, that’s not as positive.
Try to extend and renovate your vernacular. Wonderful and amazing are great words, but use them sparingly. Find other adjectives for your same-o same-o. Shake it up! Reinvent yourself!
Sharing is cool. So is language. Use both to your embetterment!
6 thoughts on “Words”
I enjoy your writing voice and the subjects you choose to write about. Your writing is informative, interesting, and humorous. Words matter and one word can change everything. ✍🏻
Nah. Cool never goes out of style!
Ha! My soul mate!
Awesome is one of my go tos, too. I thought about how pedestrian my language is at times. When I write it’s different. It’s like a more refined “me” takes over. But on speaking I catch myself saying “cool” all the time! Isn’t that a bit dated?
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Ah! I get annoyed at media catch phrases that mean nothing. “Playing politics” is one. “Thoughts and prayers” is another. I’m guilty of using the word, “awesome,” too readily. Wielding words with power and precision takes practice. Who wouldn’t benefit from a little more practice? We all get lazy with our language some days.
I am bad at using the same words a lot, like just and of course. I use cool a lot too but it just works! Sharing is a great way of showing you care. In fact, sharing is cool!!