Have you succombed to the epidemic of crutch words?

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  1. Mighty Mom profile image84
    Mighty Momposted 5 years ago

    Ok, all you Hub Pages WRITERS. Fess up on which of these crutch words you're guilty of using on a regular basis?

    I admit, I start way too many sentences with So....
    How about you?
    smile

    http://www.theatlanticwire.com/entertai … rds/56748/

    1. Uninvited Writer profile image83
      Uninvited Writerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I find I use the word "will" an awful lot when describing upcoming events.

  2. livewithrichard profile image85
    livewithrichardposted 5 years ago

    Haha... very interesting... I think I probably use "As a matter of fact" a little too much.

  3. hopped profile image86
    hoppedposted 5 years ago

    This may not quite fit, but I like to double up on adjectives.  He isn't the witty writer, he's the witty, clever writer.  It isn't an exciting moment, it's an exciting, delightful moment. I just noticed in the Hub I'm drafting right now that I've done this three times in one sentence!

    1. Mighty Mom profile image84
      Mighty Momposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Adjective mania ... catch it!
      lol

      1. Barbara Kay profile image92
        Barbara Kayposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        According to Stephen King, we should try to cut most words that end in ly and the word very. I catch myself making these two mistakes the most.

        1. hopped profile image86
          hoppedposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          I don't mind ly words, personally (see what I did there?) though I'm obviously not a writer of Stephen King's caliber.

          I do have to agree with "very," though.  For an amplifying word, it's surprisingly weak sounding.

          1. Mighty Mom profile image84
            Mighty Momposted 5 years agoin reply to this

            That is very sound advice.
            A good way to remember it is to think of Stephen King and imagine some gruesome Kingian fate will befall us if we overuse "ly" words.
            Be afraid. Be very afraid.
            Oops.
            Just be afraid.
            lol

            1. hopped profile image86
              hoppedposted 5 years agoin reply to this

              Man, I hope my car and/or clown and/or dead pet and/or high school classmate don't come to get me!

              1. Mighty Mom profile image84
                Mighty Momposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                OMG.
                That's IT! (pun originally not intended, but why not, eh?)
                When I feel tempted by excessive adverbs I will mentally think of Pennywise.
                *shudder*

                Ha ha!
                Stay safe, hopped!
                MM

  4. JayeWisdom profile image91
    JayeWisdomposted 5 years ago

    My over-used word is "however," which I let myself freely use in forums. I allow myself one "however" in a fictional story or article, but sometimes find another that "sneaked in while I wasn't paying attention" when I proofread it. Then I have to brutally cut it out, even though I love that word!  :  ) 

    All writers have some of these favorite "padding" words, even best-selling authors. It's fun when reading one of their books to watch for them!

 
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