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  1. #1
    Pat Brogan
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    avoid these phrases

    i got an idea.. let's write down words that should never go together,,, or phrases that generally should be avoided..


    1. completely destroyed (how is that possible?)

    anyone else??? i'll put more on as others respond

    pat brogan



  2. #2
    Kaz
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    Re: avoid these phrases

    How about: He threw up his hands. This phrase grates on me and is used throughout the books of one of my favorite best selling authors. Makes me wonder why the person ate his hands in the first place.

  3. #3
    Gary Kessler
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    Re: avoid these phrases

    One of the most common ones in writing is the sudden "on the other hand" (with nothing having been said before that about "on the one hand")

  4. #4
    Murg
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    Re: avoid these phrases

    Exact same. It's either the same or it isn't. Period.

    Also, using "that" in place of "who". Mary was the one that ... "That" is for things" and "who" is for people.

  5. #5
    Picture Book
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    Re: avoid these phrases

    'Killed dead..'


    A list of words to avoid when writing would be useful too! Words like 'suddenly' and 'soon.' What other words are best avoided?

  6. #6
    Pat Cooper
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    Re: avoid these phrases

    "Off of"

    patC

    Yes, I've arrived in the Emerald Isle and am over my jetlag!!

  7. #7
    Russ Still
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    Re: avoid these phrases

    Hot water heater...

  8. #8
    Jordie
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    Re: avoid these phrases

    "hissing" some phrase that has no s's or soft c's in it.... can't be done!

    "nodded his head" what else do you nod?

    "shrugged his shoulders" what else can you shrug?

    Jordie

  9. #9
    Glen T. Brock
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    Re: avoid these phrases

    News Bulletin:

    Heard on Atlanta television station:

    The man was killed instantly in the collision. He is listed in guarded condition at Grady hospital.

  10. #10
    Gary Kessler
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    Re: avoid these phrases

    Another one I get a lot in books I edit:

    30 men were killed and wounded. (Wow, it must really be insulting to be wounded after you've been killed)

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