Now this is a risky blog post.
Some people might be offended. Some might think I suck. And some might even unsubscribe.
Because today? I’m gonna share the 5 words I don’t wanna hear in 2014.
Plus? The reasons why you should avoid these words in your copy like the plague if you don’t wanna sound boring and like everybody else.
And yes, there’s a chance you might be using some of these words right now! (Panic?)
But the truth is? I’ve been using some of them myself! Not all of them, mind you. But some? Yup! Guilty.
If you choose to agree or disagree, promise me one thing: That you’ll at least try and come up with 3 better words for each of the “forbidden ones” you’re guilty of using.
If you insist that there’s absolutely no replacement and the word is the one and only word in the Universe to describe exactly what you gotta say? Okay: Keep Saying it.
But if you manage to come up with at least ONE better option, I beg you! Use it!
Use this opportunity to NOT sound like everybody else.
But to STAND OUT instead.
To do something DIFFERENT.
And turn up the volume on YOUR VOICE.
So that you’re gonna be heard in 2014 and beyond!
Ready for the list?
I know, I know, I’m starting with a biggie and y’all are gonna wanna pull my hair and throw rotten eggs at me for saying that. There might even be an angry mob of coaches waiting for me outside my front door already.
But I’m gonna say it anyway: Empowered? What the hell does that even mean?
It may have been a great word once. But now that everybody and their mama has it on their website? It’s time to let it go.
(Don’t hate me!)
Ok, how bout a compromise? If you GOTTA use it? At least explain what specifically you mean by it!
Or better yet: explain what it means to you!
Because the dictionary only says: “To invest with power, especially legal power or official authority.” and “To equip or supply with an ability”. Yawn.
An ability to do what? Power for what?
People need to know that!
So if you feel like “empowered” HAS to be in your copy, please be more specific and tell us a little more than that. Thank you!
Another one that people might hate me for putting on that list.
But before you hate away, listen to me: I was a juicy-victim myself for quite a while.
Until? I read somewhere that saying “juicy” was pretty much for lazy douchebags and that the word itself has no actual meaning. That calling something “juicy” was just an excuse not to call stuff what it really is.
At first I was like “Screw you, imma say juicy as much as I want!” and resisted. But when I thought about it? I had to admit I was wrong. And that when you say “juicy” you could’ve at least come up with 3 other words that actually mean something instead.
Juicy was the lazy way out.
And so it had to leave.
(Of course you can always say juicy when you talk about juice! Or your ass. That works too!)
3. Big Girl Pant(ie)s
Ugh. That whole “cutesy” thing makes me wanna throw up in my mouth a little bit.
Oh, great you’re a big girl now and you even managed to put on some pants!
What, were you wearing diapers before?
It might be a personal thing, but that expression just annoys the crap out of me.
Why not say: “Grow a pair” instead?
Because when you do grow a pair? You don’t have to use words like “big girl pant(ie)s” anymore.
(Unless you’re talking about what you put on your spaghetti. No, wait! I’ve changed my mind. Not even then.)
Is that even a word? Did I spell it correctly? Or is it maybe #YOLO?
Instead of telling everyone that you only live once (which — by the way — is not true according to Buddha and Dr. Brian Weiss anyway)? How bout all the “YOLOs” out there just GET a fucking life of their own? And stop “yolo-ing” all over the internet. It just sounds like “yodeling” and it’s so freaking irritating.
If you wanna tell people that every moment is precious and that they should not waste their time waiting for a better tomorrow, because — guess what? — tomorrow might never come? Then please, go ahead. Tell us! Just promise to use actual words and not #yolo about it. Ever.
Ok, now it’s time for YOU to take action.
Did you ever use any of these words?
Then write down 3 better words that you are gonna use instead of the “forbidden one” you are guilty of using.
And share them in the comments!
Do you have other annoying, overused words to share? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear them!