Dropping the 5th, 4th and 3rd Junk Words

by Allison Harvard

Words, words.  They have a way of making and breaking speakers.  Fundamentally, they serve several functions, one of which is to facilitate people’s communication.

Words are heard over TV ads and radio music.  It can be common, it can be creatively manufactured.  Words are complemented by tones, laced with emotions.  They fill people’s sense of sight and hearing.  They are everywhere.

And some need to be dropped.

Word-dropping?  Why?

To drop some words doesn’t necessarily mean to never use them.  To drop words or terms suggest carefully choosing when to use them and when not to use them.  People often think that words worth dropping is largely composed of cuss-words.

Apparently, they’re mistaken.  In the case of job hunting and interviews, some words are best not spoken.  Forbes, for instance, had just presented its “Top 10 Words To Erase From Your Vocabulary.”

But isn’t 10 quite a big figure to swiftly eliminate?

So, we start with the three

For those who can’t sustain dropping all ten words, you can start discarding the top fifth, fourth, and third words first.

#5 But    

Why take away ‘but?’  Well Said book author, Darlene Price argues that the word actually gives this effect: “negates anything that comes before it.”  Aren’t convince?  Then consider this example:

I would love to do OTs but provided that…

Indeed, it shows the conditional side of the statement.  There’s nothing wrong about negotiating; however, the use of the word ‘but’ almost always erases the positivity of the clause before it (ie, love to do OTs) – making the statement, as a whole, superfluous.

Darlene’s advice is to look for a better substitute term or ‘rephrase’ it.

# 4 Never

This word is downright negative (compared to ‘but’).  However, it is used by most to express vehemence (ie, decisiveness?), like

I would never consider abandoning a project until I did everything possible to make it work.

Really?  Even if such feat starts to eat up precious resources?  Well, Dale Austin of Hope College thinks the term is about restricting ideas of which are considered “discouraging and naive” on an employer’s perspective.

#3 Like

It’s not the clickable icon in your favourite social media platform.  It’s the prosaic manner of proffering examples.  And as Nancy Mobley of Insight Performance remarks, the word is bound to reflect “incompetence and poor communication skills.”

Hence, avoid the temptation of using such:

I did participate in the company’s major projects, like those…

Don’t use the word unless the speaker you’re conversing with cannot catch the gist of the project through your direct description (of that project).

‘But’ and ‘never’ may have been around for quite some time, though for others, these terms may have never grazed their vocabulary. ‘Like,’ on the other hand, is famous – thanks to the social media giant Facebook.

Yet, when experts suggest for them to be dropped, you got to bring them down.  This should provide an opportunity for other apt terms to visit your vocabulary, making your language evolve and your shot for employment better aimed.


About the Author

Allison Harvard works for Prospect Solution as a Public Relations Manager . Prospect Solution provides freelance writing job opportunities    for academic writers and professionals who wish to earn well while still maintaining their work-life balance.