Crutch Words

What are crutch words?

Whenever we talk, and we want to give ourselves time to think, we use filler words, of crutch words, like ‘uh’ or ‘anyway’ or ‘as I was saying’. Sometimes people use the same word over and over again, and if you are like me, you concentrate so much on that one word, that you sometimes don’t hear what they are really saying.

In writing crutch words are words we use for a particular reason, but we end up using it too much. We lean on the words to fill our text, and instead of it strengthening our text, it makes it weaker. In order to make your text stronger, identify the crutch words, and check whether the words should really be in your sentence.

Examples of crutch words

a bit see
almost seem
appear to shiver
as though should
awesome sigh
begin sit
believe smile
could so
feel somehow
gaze stand
glance start
grin step
hear sudden
is +ing verb super
just there is
know think
like try
look turn
-ly adverbs very
need walk
notice watch
only well
quite went
rather wonder
really would

~ Marie Rebelle

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