Saturday, December 22, 2012

5 Words that make you sound stupid...

are you guilty?

Actually – The literal meaning of this word signifies that something is present or exists in reality, but it is often used incorrectly to add an extra punch to the sentence.  Guilty!

Basically – This word should be used to signify a simple or fundamental point, instead people often use it incorrectly in a statement to add weight and instill a sense of finality.  I hate this word with a purple passion.  Yesterday a caller on Dave Ramsey's show inserted into just about every sentence.

Honestly – Often times people use this word to add either authority or amazement to their statements. Its correct usage adds meaningful honesty to what the speaker is saying.  Never use it, and when I hear someone else use it my ears prick up while I wait for what could be a lie.

Like – Okay, we’re admittedly guilty of this one. We just can’t seem to shake this filler word, which was adapted into our vernacular after movies and shows like Valley Girl and Clueless introduced us to the so-called ‘Val Speak.’ Just like “um,” we involuntarily slip the word into our conversations, but it should be used when describing something that has the same form or character as something else.  Never use "like", either.

Literally – This often used crutch word can irritate scrupulous listeners, as the incorrect usage of the adverb can render a statement senseless. The word is supposed to describe something in a strict manner without exaggeration, instead speakers often use it in figurative or hyperbolic sentences.  Not guilty.
   What would you add to the list?

1 comment:

Priscilla said...

I never let my students use the word "awesome". If we describe God as awesome, then it is not a word that we should use when describing some over paid, over sexed, drugged out, talentless celebrity. A car or cell phone is not awesome. If it does not inspire awe, it is not awesome. I usually try to avoid fads of any kind.