are you guilty?
– 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?