My big brother is an English teacher who writes very well and years ago he advised me to abolish the word nice from my vocabulary and try and come up with something a bit more descriptive and meaningful. I took his advice and I don’t think I’ve ever used the N-word since, except when I’m talking to him. I love seeing his knowing smiles!
Swear words are not part of my vocabulary either and I reckon that comes from our Mother’s influence. Damn; to make a hames (a mess) of something; banjaxed; malarkey; the pink limit; and hell are the standard acceptables in that department, as well as ‘That beats Banagher and Banagher beats the divil.’ No F-words are allowed apart from Flipping!
But there are two words that I know I completely and utterly over-use ~ SO as in ‘So, so stunning!‘ and REALLY, as in ‘I’m really glad to hear from you.’
From today, my plan is to give this pair the ‘Nice’ treatment and obliterate them forever.
There’s another one that raises its ugly head far more than it should. One letter, I, I, I ….. It needs considerable reducing too.
‘Of all the words in all languages I know, the greatest concentration is in the word I.’ Elias Canetti