Seriously, Avoid These Words

These words can ruin your sentences, especially when you talk. (6 minutes read)

So basically, you have to avoid these words when you write or speak. These words can actually ruin your sentences and the way you talk. People literally use these words all the time, like everywhere! Obviously, there are some alternatives to these words. Here is the list of words that much be avoided. Also, the alternatives for the words that you can use.


“Obviously” is a destructive word. It is commonly used when a new concept or idea is being built on pre-existing notions. Mostly, speakers tend to use this word, however, to emphasise their point with regards to things that aren’t necessarily obvious.

Words that can be used instead of obviously; apparently, certainly, clearly, undeniably, undoubtedly.


This particular word rarely adds any value to a sentence. Try speaking or writing without this word, you will notice an improvement in the outcome. Basically, avoid it.

Most of the times you will notice that simply omitting it will keep the meaning of the sentence intact. If you still want to use an alternate, here are some; all in all, essentially, primarily, fundamentally, firstly.


One of the many fillers of a conversation, very often, “like” is used involuntarily in conversation, just like that. Using “like” frequently detracts a person from your message and overall professionalism. Try slowing down on the speed of your conversation, try out new filler for your conversation.

Since “like” acts a filler, omitting it would be the best approach. Here are some alternatives that can be used instead of “like”; as if, such as, similar to, akin to, resembling.


This word is probably the most futile and overused. It is often observed that saying “actually”  tends to make people feel stupid. If you want them to feel stupid, you might as well add another avoidable word to the phrase and say “Obviously, it’s actually this.”. “Actually” is one of those words that change the meaning of a sentence in dissenting ways and therefore should be avoided while writing or speaking.

It is best to avoid the usage and not use any alternative to the word “actually”. It is redundant.


Honestly, I have no idea who did this.” Let’s admit, it rarely adds an element of honesty to a statement. “Honestly” here, is again a redundant word, if avoided will add an equal amount of impact.

To avoid writing or saying “honestly”, use different descriptive words that allow the reader or listener to feel what it is being said without giving them any sense to doubt anything you have said.


Literally is sprinkled all too liberally in modern conversations and writing posts. Not only can you overuse “literally”, you can misuse it, too. The most common misuse of the word “literally” would be confusing it with “figuratively”. “Figuratively” can be seen as the opposite of literally. “Literally” describes something that actually happened and “figuratively” means metaphorically.

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