10 Over Used Eng­lish Words and What You Can Use Instead

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 😉

Word of the day for Monday

They say if you use a word 3 times in the right context, then it’s yours for life! I’ve been doing this my whole life and found it works. So that’s why I share it with you. If you love words as much as I do, I hope you enjoy this blog!

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New one for me!
Happy Monday and make it a great day! 🙂

All My Best,
Jill M Roberts

Word of the day~ January 3rd – SoundCloud

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peremptory • \puh-REMP-tuh-ree\  • adjective
1 : barring a right of action, debate, or delay 2 : expressive of urgency or command 3 : marked by arrogant self-assurance : haughty 

Examples:
The manager’s peremptory rejection of any suggestions for improving office efficiency did little to inspire our confidence in his ability to help turn the company around. 

“Depending on the situation, Elliott can heap upon her teammates words of encouragement or, when it’s needed, she can also be peremptory.” — Chris Hummer,Midland (Texas) Reporter-Telegram, November 10, 2014

Did you know?
Peremptory is ultimately from Latin perimere, which means “to take entirely” or “destroy” and comes from per-(“thoroughly”) and emere (“to take”). Peremptory implies the removal of one’s option to disagree or contest something. It sometimes suggests an abrupt dictatorial manner combined with an unwillingness to tolerate disobedience or dissent (as in “he was given a peremptory dismissal”). A related term is the adjective preemptive, which comes from Latin praeemere—from prae- (“before”) plus emerePreemptive means “marked by the seizing of the initiative” (as in “a preemptive attack”).

All My Best,
Jill M Roberts

Word of the day – SoundCloud

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réchauffé

Even though it’s yesterday’s word, I thought it was a good one! Just click on réchauffé above and the word of the day will play for you! Or, you can read it below:
réchauffé • \ray-shoh-FAY\  • noun
1 : something presented in a new form without change of substance : rehash 2 : a warmed-over dish of food 

Examples:
The day after the holiday, it was traditional to serveréchauffés and snacks rather than cook a full meal. 

“[It] is a réchauffé, … lifted and stitched from ‘The Gastronomical Me’ and other books.” — Victoria Glendinning, New York Times Book Review, June 9, 1991

Did you know?
We borrowed réchauffé in the early 19th century from the French; it is the past participle of their verb réchauffer, which means “to reheat.” Nineteenth-century French speakers were using it figuratively to designate something that was already old hat—you might say, “warmed over.” English speakers adopted that same meaning, which is still our most common. But within decades someone had apparently decided that leftovers would seem more appealing with a French name. The notion caught on. A recipe for “Réchauffé of Beef a la Jardiniere,” for example, instructs the cook to reheat “yesterday’s piece of meat” in a little water with some tomatoes added, and serve it on a platter with peas and carrots and potatoes. Réchauffé shares its root with another English word, chafing dish, the name of a receptacle for keeping food warm at the table.

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Thanks and Make it a great day! 🙂

Love of Words’ word of the day!

heterodox • \HET-uh-ruh-dahks\  • adjective
1 : contrary to or different from an acknowledged standard, a traditional form, or an established religion :unorthodox, unconventional 2 : holding unorthodox opinions or doctrines 

Examples:
A lifelong contrarian, Alexa was known for putting forth heterodox opinions in her weekly culture column. 

“Levy is an intellectual descendant of the economist Hyman Minsky, a heterodox thinker who spent many years working at the Jerome Levy Economic Institute and whose theories were largely ignored by economists up until the latest financial crisis.” — Chris Matthews, Fortune, October 28, 2014

Did you know?
“Orthodoxy … is my doxy—heterodoxy is another man’s doxy,” quipped 18th-century bishop William Warburton. He was only punning, but it is true that individuals often see other people’s ideas as unconventional while regarding their own as beyond reproach. The antonyms orthodox and heterodox developed from the same root, the Greek doxa, which means “opinion.” Heterodox derives from doxa plus heter-, a combining form meaning “other” or “different”; orthodoxy pairs doxa with orth-, meaning “correct” or “straight.”

Word of the day for Thursday, October 9th

infinitesimal • \in-fin-ih-TESS-uh-mul\  • adjective
1 : taking on values arbitrarily close to but greater than zero 2 : immeasurably or incalculably small 

Examples:
Stella includes a lottery ticket in every birthday card she sends despite the infinitesimal chances that it will be a winning one. 

“Across the nation, voters in the magic age range of 18 to 29 … have been coming out in this year’s primaries at a rate 20 percent less than their mostly oblivious elders, a rate which in South Florida would put their impact on the election somewhere between sparse andinfinitesimal.” — Fred Grimm, The Miami Herald, August 27, 2014

Did you know?
Infinite, as you probably know, means “endless” or “extending indefinitely.” It is ultimately from Latininfinitus, the opposite of finitus, meaning “finite.” The notion of smallness in infinitesimal derives from the mathematical concept that a quantity can be divided endlessly; no matter how small, it can be subdivided into yet smaller fractions, or “infinitesimals.” The concept was still in its infancy in 1710 when Irish philosopher George Berkeley observed that some people “assert there are infinitesimals of infinitesimals of infinitesimals, etc., without ever coming to an end.” He used the adjective in a mathematical sense, too, referring to “infinitesimal parts of finite lines.” Less than a quarter century later, the adjective had acquired a general sense applicable to anything too small to be measured.

Word of the day!

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mot juste
moh ZHYST

–noun

1. French. the exact, appropriate word.

Quotes

I felt very bad because here was the man I liked and trusted the most as a critic then, the man who believed in the mot juste —the one and only correct word to use—the man who had taught me to distrust adjectives as I would later learn to distrust certain people in certain given situations…
— Ernest Hemingway , A Moveable Feast , 1964

I felt that something might be learned of what I wanted from Flaubert and the mot juste so admired by Ford and Pound.
— A. S. Byatt , “Still Life/nature morte,” Passions of the Mind , 1991

Origin

Mot juste is a borrowing from the French word of the same spelling and meaning. It entered English in the late 1800s.

Word of the day!

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formidable

—adjective

1. causing fear, apprehension, or dread: a formidable opponent. 

2. of discouraging or awesome strength, size, difficulty, etc.; intimidating: a formidable problem. 

3. arousing feelings of awe or admiration because of grandeur, strength, etc. 

4. of great strength; forceful; powerful: formidable opposition to the proposal. 

Related forms

for·mi·da·ble·ness, for·mi·da·bil·i·ty, noun
for·mi·da·bly, adverb 
non·for·mi·da·bil·i·ty, noun 
non·for·mi·da·ble, adjective 
non·for·mi·da·ble·ness, noun 
non·for·mi·da·bly, adverb 
qua·si-for·mi·da·ble, adjective 
qua·si-for·mi·da·bly, adverb 
su·per·for·mi·da·ble, adjective 
su·per·for·mi·da·ble·ness, noun 
su·per·for·mi·da·bly, adverb 
un·for·mi·da·ble, adjective 
un·for·mi·da·ble·ness, noun 
un·for·mi·da·bly, adverb 

-adjective
If you describe something or someone as formidable, you mean that you feel slightly frightened by them because they are very great or impressive. We have a formidable task ahead of us.

Origin
c.1500, from M.Fr. formidable, from L. formidabilis, from formidare “to fear,” from formido “terror, dread.” Related: Formidably.

Examples

•But getting from interest to a viable formula is proving a formidable challenge.

•By the way, these kittens may be cute, but the adult felines are actually quite formidable.

•The difficulties which seemed so formidable have mysteriously vanished.

•The resulting shift of precipitation patterns makes for a formidable weather weapon.

•Instead of being tamed through scientific description, though, the giant squid seemed more formidable than ever.

•At night, the dogs are tied into position to form a living fence around our tents and sleds, a formidable warning system.

•But global graying offers an even more formidable challenge to less wealthy countries.

•Most people may dismiss their fantastic feats-and their formidable foes-as mere fantasy.

•By any name, these fascinating insects are formidable predators.

•It’s the cerebrum that makes the human brain-and therefore humans-so formidable.

Word of the day!

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grok
grok

–verb

1. to understand thoroughly and intuitively.

2. to communicate sympathetically.

Quotes

Jill bit her lip, then grinned. “I’m not sure what ‘ grok ’ means.”
— Robert A. Heinlein , Stranger in a Strange Land , 1961

They were trying to, like, fake it, you know? They didn’t exactly grok how we do things nowadays.
— Harry Turtledove , The Valley-Westside War , 2008

Origin

Grok was coined by Robert A. Heinlein in his 1961 science-fiction novel Stranger in a Strange Land .

Word of the day!

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foofaraw
FOO-fuh-raw

–noun

1. a great fuss or disturbance about something very insignificant.

2. an excessive amount of decoration or ornamentation, as on a piece of clothing, a building, etc.

Quotes

“Don’t set your heart on any more such foofaraw ,” the captain warned her.
— Stephen Harrigan , The Gates of the Alamo , 2000

People in this country are more determined than ever not to get snookered into another foreign foofaraw.
— Peter Quinn , The Hour of the Cat , 2005

Origin

The origin of foofaraw is uncertain, but it may be related to the French word fanfaron meaning “boastful.” It entered English in the 1930s.