As a follow-on to my earlier post that dealt with 15 Errors That Diminish Your Credibility, here are 10 phrases you need to eliminate from your vocabulary today:
- Alot - I dislike this one a lot.
- Alright - All wrong!
- By the power invested in me - I don't get it. Who invested this power and why did they invest it in you?
- Could care less - Yes you could.
- Could of - You would have been more credible without this phrase.
- Final ultimatum - That sounds like a big giant warning threat.
- For all intensive purposes - This phrase requires intesive care.
- Heart-wrenching - What size wrench? (I am embarassed to admit I've used this one. Boy, am I red faced!)
- Hone in on - You will sound dull if you use this.
- Irregardless - Um, this non-standard word ain't right.
For additional explanations about these errors, see 10 Phrases to Purge From Your Speech & Writing, by Nancy Ragno, author of Word Savvy: Use the Right Word Every Time, All The Time.
If you eliminate these phrases and correct the 15 errors I shared earlier, you will immediately improve your communications and increase your credibility.
What phrases, misused words, or other speaking and writing errors would you recommend for correction? Click HERE to share!