50 words to edit out.

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I was given this list at a course I took a few years ago. While I can’t say I edit every instance of these words out, I find that they are the ones I tend to overuse without thinking!

 

  1. really
  2. very
  3. that
  4. just
  5.  then
  6.  totally
  7. completely
  8.  absolutely
  9. literally
  10.  definitely
  11.  certainly
  12.  probably
  13.  actually
  14.  basically
  15.  virtually
  16.  start
  17.  begin
  18.  began
  19.  begun
  20.  said
  21.  replied
  22. asked
  23. down
  24. up
  25. wonder
  26. ponder
  27.  think
  28.  thought
  29.  feel
  30.  felt
  31.  understand
  32.  realize
  33.  breath
  34.  breathe
  35.  inhale
  36.  exhale
  37.  shrug
  38.  nod
  39.  reach
  40.  almost
  41.  saw
  42. perhaps
  43.  maybe
  44.  instead
  45.  now
  46. sort of
  47. a little
  48. kind of
  49. so
  50. but
  51. about
  52. adverbs (-ly words) ing words