S26E9 – How to Avoid Crippling Your Language

There is no faster way to convey a sense of uncertainty than including hedging and crippling language in your writing. Words have power, meaning, and convey more than just the definitions. Choosing to write in certain ways will weaken what your saying, thus weakening your message. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to identify those words as the author.

You might have heard these in classes on public speaking or other business-related writing courses. Works that convey apologies will always weaken phrases, as well passive phrasing. Each author will also have their own red flag words which – because they are used too often – will also weaken your message.

In this episode, Leigh and Ley discuss the words they struggle with, as well as how to spot those things which harm your overall product.

First aired November 29, 2021.

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I'm an editor and cover designer for AspenHouse Publishing. I am also a host for AspenHouse's poscast, Writing Roots.

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