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Two words in particular I catch myself using lately are "terrible" and "apparently." For instance, I wanted to start this post out with the following: "Apparently, I cannot stop saying apparently. That's terrible! Terribly apparent, really."

I seem to get into a linguistic rut. We have this beautiful, anachronistic, ridiculous language. Why have I stopped using most of it?

What about you, what words do you find yourself using too often? Are there words or expressions you simply cannot give up? Do they come and go with the latest fashion?

Some of my current favorites:
- anything derived from "not my circus; not my monkeys"
- apparently
- terrible

Date: 2015-10-18 08:20 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] vvvexation.livejournal.com
For a long time I've felt I say "actually" too much, but I still can't seem to find a good workaround.

Date: 2015-10-18 01:21 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] rbus.livejournal.com
Working in tech support, I call people all kinds of disparaging names. I wish I could stop, but the idiots won't let me!

Date: 2015-10-20 03:08 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] karenbynight.livejournal.com
I far overuse the word "actually". This used to be just a linguistic tic I was aware of but didn't see much problem with, but the modern association of the word with mansplainers and MRAs is beginning to cause me some embarrassment.

Part of my problem with dropping it, though, is that my own use of it tends to be firmly seated in a gender context itself... a context of technically capable men who have been trained for life to speak as if they're positive their words are true even when they're throwing a wild-ass guess. So, "actually that's not how [this thing I've been working on for 6 months that they've vaguely heard about in passing] works at all; the foo does bar in this situation" seems a reasonable business compromise between sentences that include the words "bull crap" and ones that incorrectly imply that I'm not really sure what I'm talking about, either.


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