Words to ban

Here’s a quick list of words to ban outright.

When you come across them in your copy, cut them out. Your writing will flow better and your readers will thank you. 

  • just
  • that
  • very
  • really
  • literally
  • actually
  • certainly
  • probably
  • basically

And here are some overused words and phrases to replace with simpler, easier to read words. 

  • utilizes -> uses
  • facilitates -> helps
  • in order to -> to
  • once a month -> monthly
  • whether or not -> whether
  • due to the fact that -> because
  • something new -> novel

Anything that helps streamline your writing - whether it’s sharper grammar or better words - is welcomed by readers because it uses less letters to improve legibility and understanding.

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