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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Tired Words

Ever wonder what editors consider over-used or tired words? Check out this post on the White Rose Publishing Blog.

Editors have a list of words they prefer not to see at all, prefer to see as little as possible, or prefer to be spelled or used only in certain ways. At White Rose, our current list is fluid, simply because sometimes, the wrong word can be used the right way.

A few of the throwaway phrases I tend to eye with suspicion, and then edit out (or not):

A lot of
To tell the truth
Going to go
Along with the fact
Of all people
Anything but
What on earth
In the first place
In order to
In particular
I’ve got to (and its buddies - We’ve got to, You’ve got to)

Read the rest at White Rose!

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