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Irj Jol (not verified) November 13, 2010

Interesting comment. You could take it one step further by making a list of 'filler words' that speakers use. I stopped counting when one prominent business representative at IGF recently used 'right' 13 times in one intervention. e.g. We all know, right, that consumers want a dependable service, right? 'Basically' is also another common one. Then there's the unfortunate 'to tell the truth', or 'to be perfectly honest' - when I hear this, it makes me wonder if everything said up until this declaration has been less than truthful! My favourite is 'realistically speaking', followed by US sports metaphors - ballpark figure, touch base, step up to the plate. One interesting exercise is to ask someone to listen carefully to you speaking and identify the filler words you use... once you're aware of them, you'll start noticing just how often you use them and just how much they detract from the message you're sending.

Larry Luxner (not verified) December 29, 2010

I think the word "stakeholder" is WAY overused, and you used it yourself three or four times in your little essay. What the hell does this word really mean? As an editor, I'm sick of deleting it from writers' articles. It says nothing. Unless you mean "shareholder" — as in one who actually owns shares in a company — let's agree to ban it from our vocabulary forever!

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