Most of us have been criticized by friends (playfully) and English teachers (earnestly) for slipping up and using words incorrectly in a sentence, and while many of us like to think we have all our basic grammar principles down, we still misuse some common words in our everyday conversations.
Dictionary.com compiled a short list of these words that we carelessly slip into sentences to give ourselves more time to think and, in doing so, ruin the sentence. These so-called “crutch words” detract from your main message and don’t add useful meaning to your statement.
So what are some commonly used crutch words? Check out the slideshow above for Dictionary.com’s list of words that make you sound stupid and let us know in the comment section if you’re guilty of slipping them into your conversations incorrectly.
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