Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Eliminate Those Overused Expressions!

by Gilda Bonanno LLC www.gildabonanno.com

Is your communication full of cliches and tired old expressions? Frequently using phrases like "you know" and "see what I mean" can be just as distracting to your listeners as frequent "ums" and "ahs."

According to Jeremy Butterfield's book Damp Squid: The English Language Laid Bare, here are the 10 most overused expressions:
  1. "At the end of the day"
  2. "Fairly unique"
  3. "I personally think"
  4. "At this moment in time"
  5. "With all due respect"
  6. "Absolutely"
  7. "It's a nightmare"
  8. "Shouldn't of" (the correct phrase would be "shouldn't have")
  9. "24/7"
  10. "It's not rocket science" (I use this phrase a lot and am working on cutting it out)
Compile your own top 10 list of overused phrases and then replace them in your communication with more powerful and evocative words.

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