Pet Peeves

These words and phrases have been “done to death.” Here are a few ideas for better ways to get your point across without using redundant, awkward or pretentious wording:

 

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Weak

Better

 

A

   

absolutely essential

essential  

accompany

go with  

accordingly

so  

additional

added, more, other  

address

discuss  

adequate enough

enough  

adjacent to

next to  

afford an opportunity

allow, let  

anticipate

expect  

a large number/part

many/most  

a number of

some  

a variety of

many, different  

appreciable

many  

approximately

about  

as a means of

to  

at the present time

now  
     

B

   
basic fundamentals basics  
be responsible for handle  
     

C

   
capability/capable of ability/can  
center around center in, at or on  
comes into conflict conflicts  
commitment to excellence quality  
comply with follow  
comprise form, include, make up  
concerning about, on  
constitutes is, forms, makes up  
construct build  
contact call, write, reach  
currently omit it. It’s already implied.  
cutting edge forefront, frontier  
cutting-edge leading, pioneering, progressive  
     

D

   
designate appoint, choose, name  
determine decide, figure, find  
do not hesitate to call call  
due to the fact that due to, since, because  
     

E

   
equitable fair  
evidenced showed, shown  
exhibit show  
exhibits a tendency to tends to  
     

F

   
facilitate ease, help  
factor reason, cause  
feedback, input opinion, reaction  
foreign imports imports  
for the purpose of to  
furnish give, send  
future plans plans  
future prospects prospects  
     

G

   

generate

do, make, create  
gives consideration to considers  
     

H

   
head up head  
high tech pioneering technology (or a more specific substitute)  
holds a belief believes  
     

I

   
if at all possible if possible  
impacted affected, changed, hit  
implement carry out, do, follow  
in accordance with by, following, under  
in addition also, besides, too  
in an effort to to  
in conjunction with with  
in order to to  
in the near future soon  
inception start, beginning  
initiate start, begin  
innovative creative, pioneering, inventive  
input comments, advice, response  
     

J

   
joint cooperation cooperation  
just exactly exactly  
     

K

   
     

L

   
legislation law  
     

M

   
makes an attempt attempts, tries  
maximize increase, enlarge, expand, broaden  
minimize decrease, lessen, reduce  
modify change  
     

N

   
necessary (pre)requisites (pre)requisites  
new innovations innovations  
numerous many, most  
     

O

   
objective aim, goal  
optimum best, greatest, most  
output comment, idea  
     

P

   
past experience experience  
personnel people, staff  
pre-planning planning  
prioritize put in order  
prior to before  
provides guidance for guides  
possibly might might  
postpone until later postpone  
purpose is to (don’t need it)  
     

Q

   
qualified expert expert  

R

   
(in the) real world in the world, in society, in business  
real-world problem practical issue, business (or social) issue or problem  
refer back refer  
retain keep  

S

   
send a communication to notify  
similar to like  
solicit ask for  
state-of-the-art latest  

T

   
try and fix try to fix  
     

U

   
unique one-of-a-kind (literal), exciting, new, unusual (as often used)  
utilize, utilization use  
     

V

   
viable practical, workable  
     

W

   
warrant call for, permit  
whereas since  
wide range many, range  
wide variety many, variety  
without further delay now, immediately  
with the exception of except for  
     

X

   

Y

   

Z