List of 25 Words and Phrases You Should Never Say
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|This word is rarely necessary even when written; spoken, it sounds long-winded and pompous.
|Just say "amazing." This word wasn't cool even at the height of its use.
|This word manages to be condescending and snobbish while making the speaker sound classless.
|because those are the rules
|Instead, explain the reason for the rules.
|It's important to validate people's feelings, not dismiss them.
|This can be intimidating. Instead, ask if the person has a moment.
|The everyday use of this term to describe mundane things devalues it.
|Save hashtags for social media—saying the word out loud is excruciating.
|I can't even.
|Speak in complete sentences. The phrase "I can't even" leaves out the most important word and can be irritating.
|I’m not going to say this again
|This is very rarely true and does not add any weight to your argument.
|Just say "okay"—it's only one extra syllable.
|One of the most overused and misused words ever—only use this if there is no possible substitute.
|This has become a cliché even in text chat. Certainly don't say it out loud.
|If you're aware that what you're about to say is potentially offensive and you don't want to cause offense, try saying nothing.
|Calling a person "precious" infantilizes them. If you're sincere, use a different compliment.
|This sounds silly. Just say "pregnant."
|This word is profoundly offensive to people with intellectual disabilities.
|There are much more interesting words to describe sex than this.
|There are many better—and less silly-sounding—interjections and verbs that you use to express excitement.
|This synonym for "cool" hasn't been cool since the 1990s.
|The fashion for abbreviating words by placing an s at the end had always seemed vacuous and is now also outdated.
|Always think about whether you need to use this word—it is often redundant.
|What do you want me to do about it?
|Saying this will often only make the problem worse.
|Saying this will make you sound obnoxious, insensitive, or immature.
|Why don’t you be reasonable?
|If you're trying to persuade someone of something, calling them unreasonable is the last thing you should do.