Tuesday, February 12, 2013

More Word Choices (Part 7 of 7)

"You know" and "Like"

When people talk, they use you know and like constantly—often irritatingly. In late December, even our president used "you know" several times in making a statement about America's fiscal cliff.

In conversation, I consider them pause fillers—words we throw in while we reach for our next thoughts. Writing comes out of our brooding and concentration so we don't need fillers.

The more aware and careful we are in our writing, the more we tend to carry over the principles in our speaking. It works both ways, doesn't it?

For clearer communication 
I delete pause fillers.

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