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Infographic- 28 Boring Words; and what to use instead

While writer and Blogger Jack Milgram  asked me what I thought of his infographic “Boring Words”28 Boring Words

I GREATLY WISH Jack had asked me BEFORE he made or finalized the graphic.

As when you read through my suggestions etc you will find that is just not right or as I called them ‘layered’,  graded or ranked versions of a word. Like Chilly is a little cold, then cold, then freezing. When you are writing you may want to place the usual word there, as well as the alternate word, read the sentences twice, once with the alternate word (to be sure it is used properly. After all New and improved… is not really right if a product is improved, it is not new, there was a previous incarnation of it. It should say NEWLY Improved. Some yes can be used alternately for a word, some (like for old, some may work but may not read well.

Please keep in mind my Judgement on the words is by how they sound on their own in the category, as well as in trying to use them in a sentence. Do they still read well when used in place of the ‘boring’ word. Also, I try to see it as will an editor hack up the book if I were to use these words, same with an office setting (especially if you are an executive) Usually if I feel comfortable with using one of the alternate words, and not feel like I sound like an uneducated idiot, then they pass the tests.

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All credit for InfoGraphic as well as the alternative words to use is  by  Writer & Blogger Jack Milgram

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My replies in helping Jack out on the infographic.

on your words for ‘new’   different is not a good word to use in my opinion at all. 

Different is basically when something is being compared so it would certainly not be new. 
‘Virgin’  you buy something called virgin aside from olive oil? New is the best to describe something NEW… Fresh is ok, the latest.  Modern is a little so-so for me as someone can say something is modern now, but it could also mean something from anywhere from the 90s til now in the 21st century. State of the art is not a good ‘NEW’ word as state of the art is something specific. Think of it as something more like the military uses but the common man can’t afford. Usually, pretty much anything you’d see in a sci-fi movie, even the old Star Trek movies (and really never watched them but the few things I see) say their guns that is state of the art. State of the art usually has something to do with machines and technology so not really a good word for new. 

Move EMERGING to words for next as that is usually used for ‘up and coming’ bands artists and that sort but you need to remove succeeding  


Tone is NOT feel,  nor is effect or affect spirit is not a sense so that is not right…Discern… I’m not sure about you’d have to ask a proper English teacher on that one. I read the definition but still not sure. Viibe is good cause that’s another way I am judging these. If I get a bad vibe or feel indifferent that I can not agree with it. 

Lose pretend under seem. Shows signs of and come across as is ok but a little longer (though maybe a bit more sophisticated sounding than seem) 

See what you have under “Best, a lot of them are ‘grades’ or levels of that. You can use all those words for best my argument on that is this…

You have Best, Better and ‘bestest’  (which really is greatest’) just like There’s Cool weather which would be 60 F there’s cold weather 40s-50 and Freezing weather 35 and below.
Terrific is out… doesn’t work in place of Best/ The best bowler got a perfect score.    as to  the Terrific bowler got a perfect score 

in Old get rid of last 3 

in Other  need to lose fresh 

For important I’d take out Essential and meaningful (they don’t hold the power to show importance) same with significant, serious and necessary. 

Depressed is absolutely NOT a good term for sad. I have been through that 3x and too many people use the term when it’s NOT sad it’s beyond that. (Literally, it’s dead man walking… you are the walking dead when you are depressed, or at least feel like you are)  So please take that out. There is a certain length of time you have to be ‘sad’ in order to be clinically depressed. 

Many of the words for sad are just ‘levels’ of sadness. Same with Happy 

basically, most that you used for best and good could probably be interchanged. 

Bad is not evil… Evil is bad but bad is not evil… There IS a difference. 
Cheap and poor under ‘bad’ is insulting to those that are poor and those that are cheap. 

Like and love is 2 totally different things…  Like and admire is ok, they are on the same level, I would say adore and love would be more along the same.. So those shouldn’t be in there.   Treasure I’m indifferent about for ‘like’. I don’t think it should be used for like, more like something between like and love. (well adore should be in the middle of that but I guess ‘treasure’ should be, maybe should be used more for that point where you think you love a person, and want to say it, but are not quite there yet, or maybe it’s just too soon. Oh,And would definitely come after adore!

Haven’t you seen the commercial for the Kind protein bars? Nice and kind are 2 different things. 
in Real…  Original does not fit. 

ONLY   perfectly does not fit, 

I don’t think any of those words for sweet work. Tempting they can be but the words dont work in a sentence instead of saying the sweet donut or something like that. Those words are not a way to describe a sweet or use it alternately usually someone says a ‘tempting sweet’  Frankly Think of saying “I need something sweet, then run through each of the words in the same sentence, what do you think? Do you think someone else would have any idea what you are talking about if you wrote it in a report or book of some sort?

Little, Big, Pretty are all words that describe the levels of size or attractiveness 

Would you all like if I could do a post for’Layered’ words (like for pretty) in order of what ‘rank’ of attractiveness they are for example Cute, Adorable, attractive, Pretty, beautiful, stunning, gorgeous… (oh wait I don’t think glamorous works unless they are glamed up, like they are going to a club or on red carpet)  
Neat is a definite no… that’s so 50s (and sort of their version for cool) and neat describes clean, uncluttered room, and to me that’s the only way it works.



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Posted by on March 7, 2018 in blogging, Coherence, Help, Lists, Writing

 

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3 reasons to read a book now

Have you ever wondered WHY some people read? There are certain things that reading can help you with.

The first thing is Books are usually used for education but they are not just text books or story they are (or can be…even if fiction and fantasy) experience in a single subject or topics in a subject. Think of them like this.

They are the summary of many years of experience.

Reason 1

Its the SUMMER! It’s reading season!

If you are a student now’s the time to read something you want to. (unless of course you get some stupid reading list, then I am so sorry but the faster you get through what you HAVE to, the sooner you could read something you want) heck you can even challenge yourself… read a the ones you have to all at the same time a chapter from say 1-3 of those books a day. Me If I had a questionnaire I would do that as I skimmed through the book.  You can read what you want when you go to the beach or pool, maybe something that you could finish in a day.

If you are a parent now is the time to read something (especially when you don’t normally get to)

I don’t know if any of you are off to stay home with the kid, but even if you can only do it the week or 2 you are on vacation) but while at home even  if you have to read during commercials, while the kid is napping (if they still do that), in the bathroom, while at the pool or beach, before bed (it will help you fall asleep and sleep better) in the bath, or if you wake before anyone else just read in bed just be careful not to make too much noise if reading a print book or even on a device. Also if you are working and take public transportation why not read while on that train or bus or plane!

 

Reasons 2 and 3  and there are many! 

Creativity— *and my favorite reason  I’ve written a few poems inspired by a line, or paragraph in a story, or was inspired by the story itself.  Sometimes the description of something gives me the picture in my head or a poem to write.

Relax— While there are true crime stories,  I find there’s plenty enough of that in real life.. WHY do you want to read stories like that when you can just watch it on the news or basically any night in a Police drama on tv? I always saw Books and movies and TV series to relax  and get away from reality.

Life.–sometimes they can be therapy. I recently finished a book about a character that was obsessive Compulsive.. While I don’t have that I do have anxiety and depression and I was able to relate in parts as the character mentioned things I went through or still feel. So in a sense it was sort of like I had a friend that actually understood me.

Learn– while yes there are text and workbooks there are others that instead of those sort can help you learn and improve yourself. Say buy a language phrasebook and try to learn at least one to 5 words (or phrases)  from it a day. You broaden your vocabulary. There are times I come out with a word and my mother is like where did you learn that word, or I shock myself and end up looking up the word myself  as I don’t remember learning it which means I picked it up from something I read, and am not always clear if its right to use in that moment.

Brain– Yours. write down your thoughts in a journal what you do or need to each day what movies and  ‘TV’ shows you watched  music listened to and  books you read or write your reviews for them it’s nice to look back after a couple of months and even years  to see what was going on. It also works as a record. Don’t want to have one like that Then have a common place book… keep your recipes, favorite quotes and lines and just keep lists (with a grade ‘review’ of the books you read movies and shows you watched and so on. You can do this for restaurants and such. This is what you’d call a brain dump.

Health – frankly I find writing in a journal diary whatever healthy. it helps when you air things out especially more so when you feel like you don’t have someone you can talk to about your problem, or everyone just always seems busy.

This post was inspired by 3 Reasons to read a book now

 
 

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Writing checklist ‘ditto’

12 useful words for proofreading and editing writing (with word bank)

 

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The Oxford Comma Controversey

Of all the stupid arguments I have heard on the news coming up, or glanced over a headline of online.. I came across The Oxford comma controversey.

I thought it was at least worth looking into considering the way people write these days. I’ve seen commas used way too many times in a sentence when they should have used a semicolon and a comma etc.

I wasn’t aware there were different ‘types’ of commas. In school I was just told where to put one and then you put one space after it (and 2 after a period) and then go on with your writing. The sample the site gives about I’d like to thank my parents, the president, ad the vice president they do not note that even with the comma, can still be mistaken as the parents ( especially if someone does not see well). This can be fixed by adding:

I’d like to thank my parents, as well as the President and Vice President, and I don’t know about you but to me  it’s makes you sound like you are well spoken, as well as much clearer on what you mean.

 

 

 
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Posted by on December 9, 2015 in Coherence, Grammar, Reading, Writing

 

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Types of Editing

Editing

 

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Punctuation

From Mini Office

stinkin colon & semi-colon… I always forget which one of you to use!!!!!!!!

I notice a lot of people write run on sentences and that includes myself, some don’t include a comma where it should be, when there is a pause in the sentence. Sometimes it is used only in the wrong spot. The space that’s supposed to be between that and the word after it. The same with a Period.  After a period I learned in school you are supposed to double space then start your new sentence.

A semicolon is pretty much like a period, but with a comma.  Think of the book Dick & Jane for instance, Those short sentences can drive us adults mad now. If a couple of those were joined with a comma or semi-colon it might not be as annoying.  A semi-colon is usually used after a sentence that can be closed off with a period, but can also continue into another idea.

There are times I’m reading a book and the comma isn’t always where it should have been. Remember if you include punctuation in the wrong spot, that sentence could be taken in the wrong context.

They forgot the exclamation point, I point this out as while people ‘Yell’ online using all caps, they can simply use an exclamation point, or to really send it home both!

 

 

 

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Grammar goofs

Grammar goofs

I noticed I have done these before, sometimes it’s from typing too quick 15 Grammatical Errors that Make You Look Silly

or someone bothering me other times Than & Then sound they could work for whatever. Print this baby out for reference to help while you write.

 

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