Writing Tips – Banned Words

The Blacklist:

If you want your essay to be effective do not use following words:
Banned Words to Avoid in An Academic Essay
Contractions
In formal writing, avoid contractions such as: Can’t, won’t, aren’t, shouldn’t, should’ve, haven’t, etc.
Qualifiers
These words are often overused and create unnecessary wordiness: Very, really, extremely, super, good, better, best, bad, worse, worst, much, many, most.
Slang/Colloquial Terms
If it sounds “conversational” or slang-like, you should probably avoid it in an academic paper: stuff, things, lots, a lot, totally, etc.
Generalizations
General language that doesn’t specify makes for weak writing. An easy rule is if it ends in “thing” it is probably general language: something, anything, everything, nothing, etc.
Avoid Wordiness and Use Concision
Avoid unnecessary wordiness. Common culprits for wordiness include the following terms: There is, there are, Here is, Here are, etc. Instead of “Here in the U.S.” the phrase “In the U. S.” works just fine. Avoid phrases such as “as stated above” or “what the author is saying is that”
Avoid Overuse of “To Be” Verbs
Avoid overuse of verbs such as is, are, was, were, be, being, been, has been, have been, will have been, will be, etc.
Spell Out Numbers 0-99 and Two Word Numbers
Spell out numbers zero to ninety-nine in your writing. Also two-word numbers such as “Two hundred”