9 Words I Wish People Would Stop Saying ...


There are hundreds of thousands of words in the English language, so why does it seem like we’re all using the same handful of words over and over again?

You’d think as a writer my vocabulary would be much richer and more varied, but sadly, I find myself falling into the same few-words trap as everyone else… it has to stop!

Here are 9 words I wish people (including me!) would stop saying…

1. Whatever

Say this word to signal the end of a fight and see what happens — the fight takes on a whole new ferocity.2

I loathe this word.

It’s used passive-aggressively to mean “I really do care, but I’m going to tell you I don’t just so we can fight some more” and it’s just oh-so-rude!

I actually fired someone once because she said this while I was trying to reprimand her (very gently and kindly).

Don’t “whatever” me!

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