Read an article this week on “Weasel Words“– or filler words that you overuse and don’t contribute to the writing. It made me annoyed with myself as I realized some of mine. And there are probably more that I haven’t even realized. Which annoys me more.
My Top 6 Weasel Words:
- Said (like when writing dialogue. Everyone says. Couldn’t I use reply or informed or respond or declared or proclaimed?!)
- Great (when writing an article– “check out this great new website” or “a great way to stay informed”)
- Any adverbs (I agree with Stephen King when he says that the road to hell is paved with adverbs. Sometimes I can’t find a way around them.)
I had to delete 3 “just”s from this post. I really use that word too much.
What is on your list?