Here’s a great list for overused words!
- Little- small, insufficient, minute, tiny, meagre, slight, mini, petite, brief, limited 💡
- Pretty- attractive, beautiful, cute, elegant, good-looking, lovely, pleasant, handsome (for a male)
- Saw- glimpsed, spied, gazed, looked, watched, observed, glanced 🙄
- Comfortable- appropriate, complacent, convenient, cozy, easy, loose, pleasant, relaxed, useful, snug
- Nice- likeable, agreeable, lovely, friendly, kind, thoughtful, decent 🙂
- Interesting- engaging, exotic, fascinating, impressive, intriguing, stimulating, unusual, striking, lovely, compelling 😯
And More Overused English Words
- Good- fine, excellent, great, marvelous, wonderful, satisfying, terrific, delightful 😀
- Said- told, responded, stated, remarked, commented, replied, exclaimed, mentioned
- Awesome- amazing, alarming, astonishing, awful, awe-inspiring, dreadful, breathtaking, imposing, impressive, magnificent, wonderful 😛
- Like- love, prefer, appreciate, fancy, enjoy, favour, want, adore 😉
1. the art of writing words with the proper letters, according to accepted usage; correct spelling.
2. the part of language study concerned with letters and spelling.
3. a method of spelling, as by the use of an alphabet or other system of symbols; spelling.
4. a system of such symbols: Missionaries provided the first orthography for the language.
5. an orthographic projection, or an elevation drawn by means of it.
… at bottom I disrespect our orthography most heartily, and as heartily disrespect everything that has been said by anybody in defence of it. Nothing professing to be a defence of our ludicrous spellings has had any basis, so far as my observation goes, except sentimentality. – Mark Twain, “Chapters from My Autobiography,” North American Review, Volume CLXXXV, 1907
“Pardon me, sir. An urgent message just come on the despatch cart.” “‘Came,’ Constable.” The inspector examined the note. “Extraordinary. It seems, Constable Thackeray, that someone is asking me to release you from my class. I shall not refuse. Since the finer points of orthography have eluded you for so long, I am sure that they can wait another week. – Peter Lovesey, Abracadaver, 1972
Orthography stems from the Greek word orthós meaning “straight, upright, correct.” It entered English in the early 1400s.
1. going beyond the requirements of duty.
2. greater than that required or needed; superfluous.
The manner of the Quartermaster had that air of supererogatory courtesy about it which almost invariably denotes artifice; for, while physiognomy and phrenology are but lame sciences at the best, the perhaps lead to as many false as right conclusions, we hold that there is no more infallible evidence of insincerity of purpose, short of overt acts, than a face that smiles when there is no occasion, and the tongue that is out of measure smooth. – James Fenimore Cooper, The Pathfinder, 1840
But you are always given to surprise me with abundant kindness–with supererogatory kindness. I believe in that, certainly. – Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Elizabeth Barrett Browning to H. S. Boyd, August 14, 1844
Supererogatory stems from the Medieval Latin superērogātōrius, with the root word ērogāre meaning “to pay out.” It entered English in the late 1500s.