It seems that the Harris Academy in Upper Norwood has banned some words. Good for them. I'd like to ban some words as well. Here's some sentences I recently read in my students' essays:
- "I strongly believe the trip would be a pretty significant waste of money."
- "Basically, I find her reasons to be quite irrational."
- "I felt very insecure about my knowledge in that area."
Read the sentences again without the Italicized words.
Do you lose any meaning when you lose those words?
If a word doesn't add meaning, you know what to do, especially if you want to write better (dammit).