How About A New Year’s Resolution Related To Word Choices?

Happy New Year! ‘Tis the season to make new resolutions to bring about positive change in our lives, right? How about a language overhaul for starters? There are three words that I use fairly often but which I going to try to strike from my vocabulary in 2012. They are:

Busy. How often do you answer the question, how are you? with the word “busy?” Aren’t we all? This answer basically says you have more to do than you believe you have time to do it. But, I believe it causes a self fulfilling prophecy. What would life be like if you didn’t think you had too little time? Besides, the word “busy” isn’t very interesting. And, therein lies the second word I am going to attempt to abandon in the new year.

Interesting. What does this word say, really? I believe we use it when we have nothing else to say. So, why use it at all? Searching for a suitable substitute is not only good for the mind, but also will make our speech more precise. And, it might make you more interesting in reality.

“Like” (the valley girl version). I am ashamed to admit (as any adult should be) that this word has crept into my speech far too often. Like, I have such an interesting and busy life that I am just so, like, amazed, right? I am astounded at how many adults — even in corporate boardrooms – say this in the middle of their sentences. It doesn’t add anything of substance. I say adding “like” is the mark of someone who is not paying enough attention to how they speak.

What words are you committed to eliminating from your everyday conversations?

  • Christine Louise Hohlbaum January 8, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    I abandoned the word ‘busy’ a few years ago and you know what? I have more time than I ever thought imaginable. Busy is a mind-set.

    Thanks for the great post!

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