8 overused words in English language and their useful replacements
Many words in the English language have been overused to the extent that their usage now leads to dull speech. These terms are overused because of their generic nature. We try to fit them everywhere without trying to make an effort to dig for words that can be more.
A few of the most overused words and their alternatives are-
- Also: There are many words apart from 'also' that can serve the purpose of connecting two sentences without sounding boring or repetitive. Few words that can serve as better alternatives are 'furthermore,' 'moreover,' and 'in addition.
- Said: When you want to quote some source, you might want to inform the audience about more than just the content of the speech. Words like 'stated,' 'explained,' 'argued,' or 'claimed' can further help you convey the tone of the conversation.
- Use: 'Use' is another overused English word that occurs too frequently in our everyday language and needs to be replaced. Terms like 'utilize,'' employ,' 'apply,' and 'adopt' will help enhance the impact of your comments.
- So: The word 'so 'is used to establish a conclusion derived from a previously mentioned theory or sentence. 'Therefore,' 'consequently,' 'accordingly' or 'as a result, might be some of the better alternatives for so.
- Describe: The least descriptive word in the English language might be the word describe. Words like 'portray,' 'characterize,' and 'report' help better inform the nature of the description.
- Bad/Good: Words like good and bad contribute very little in qualitatively analyzing a certain thing. 'Poor', 'inferior', 'negative', and 'deficient' are few words that can work as alternatives for 'bad' and 'satisfying', 'valuable', 'excellent', 'positive' and 'high-quality' are some that can replace the word 'good'.
- Important: Since the entire purpose of the word is to emphasize a certain idea or concept, it can be replaced by words like 'significant,' 'vital,' 'critical,' 'imperative,' and 'essential,' which serve the purpose better.