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Random Thoughts: My Overused Words

I’ve had this post sitting in drafts for about a week in various states of completion. And like my previous Random Thoughts post, this ended up getting split into two different ideas, but Formspring’s question of the day yesterday was what word or phrase do you use too much, so I thought it would be perfect to finally finish this one off.

I often find, especially now that I’m blogging regularly, that the terminology I use in my everyday speech, in my writing and in my reviews is pretty repetitive. I’m deathly afraid of doing a search on the blog for just how many times I say “bit” – and I don’t mean the vampire fang-y kind of bite.

Everything to me is “amazing,” many things are “awesome,” and I always “seem” or “tend” to like something or other.

And for some reason I just “can’t wait” for or am “dying” to do many, many things. If I really couldn’t wait for any of these things I’d probably be in a lot of trouble by now as it seems I’ve had to wait for most of them. And if I truly died every time I said I was dying to read or get my hands on a particular book, I’d have had more lives than a cat, as I think I’m still here.

I’m more of a “can’t wait” to read versus an anxiously anticipating kind of girl. And I prefer to give a “bit” of something instead of a fragment or a morsel of it.

The English language is made up of so many different words that you’d think I could alter my way of speaking and writing in order to accommodate more of them rather than repeating the same ones over and over. But it seems as if I manage to accomplish whatever I’m trying to say using as few unique words as possible.

I am more often “excited” about a book rather than astounded, delighted or moved. I find things to be “awesome” instead of astonishing, awe-inspiring, impressive or stunning. And I find many plots to be “torturous” as opposed to agonizing, harrowing or brutal, although I’ve been known to say something is just brutal on occasion.

I prefer “rather” to instead of, versus or as opposed to. I do things “often” rather than frequently or regularly and in my mind I pronounce the “t.”

And I’m certain that I misuse the word “awhile” more times than not, just as I used to use “torturous” and tortuous interchangeably.

I try to vary my way of writing and speaking, so as not to overuse my words, but I find that I must rely rather heavily on Thesaurus.com in order to accomplish this goal. Because, although I know that if I spent two seconds thinking about alternate word choices I could come up with those words, they don’t immediately come to mind when trying to write a review or post.

It’s almost as if I am crippled without the use of this resource. I know without looking that there are other words for “although” that I could choose instead of being redundant. But, it’s as if my brain refuses to acknowledge their existence. So, I continue to say “although’ rather than even though, albeit, despite or notwithstanding.

I’m “glad” – yes that one too is a good friend – that I haven’t saved my posts in Word and run a search. I think I would be absolutely mortified at how many times I’ve used the same words and phrases in just the short seven month time period since I started this site.

And you can forget about just how many non-essential uses for “and,” “but,” or “so” that I’ve included in my posts. (Okay, maybe you can forget, but I can’t. It’s a lot. Trust me.)

So, these are just a few of my overused words. They are my essentials, my friends and sometimes my enemies. And without my trusty online resources to expand my vocabulary, I don’t think I’d be a very successful reviewer or writer at all. Because my brain, while it contains much of the necessary information, refuses to process and utilize these alternate word selections when I’m in need of it doing so.

I suppose I’m glad that most of my phrases aren’t too age-specific. I’d hate to seem like some super oldie. I may not be of the awesomesaucetastic generation, but I’m also not thinking things are far out, groovy or neat-o.

Things have been, and will continue to be “awesome.” It’s classic, it’s timeless and it’s oh so appropriate. And yes, I’m trying to revive “epic” here on the blog because there are just so many books that are.

What is your most overused word or phrase?

What is the first thing that springs to mind when you absolutely, totally, completely must get your hands on an upcoming book?

I am dying to know!

And, not that you were wondering, but yep, I totally relied on Thesaurus.com to get through this post.

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