Weak Words And Phrases

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This is is part of my live-learning series! I will be updating this post as I continue through my journey. I apologize for any grammatical errors or incoherent thoughts. This is a practice to help me share things that are valuable without falling apart from the pressure of perfection. 

What are weak words? What are weak phrases? What is weak language? 

These are questions I am asking myself. I don’t particularly like the term weak, but it makes a statement. 

These are words and phrases that make you less persuasive, less confident, dilute your point and message. 

I’ve started some research below. I’ll be adding to to this list. It seems like we can also break these words and phrases into different categories:

  • Fillers
  • Hedges
  • Qualifiers
  • Tags

A few examples off the top that many of us are aware of:

Very (I use this all the time ugh lol)
Armed gunman (redundant)


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7 Phrases That Scream Lack of Confidence (and Make You Look Weak) | Inc.com
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Five weak words you should avoid — Quartz
Power your language – weed out the weak words!
Do You Sabotage Yourself by Using Weak Language?
17 Weak Words to Avoid in Your Writing – Book Cave
50 Weak Words and Phrases to Cut out of Your Blogging
Power your language – weed out the weak words!

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