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Speech help.

  1. Jun 25, 2008 #1
    I'll cut to the chase.

    I find myself using the phrase 'in terms of' alot. I will say something and then say in terms of followed by the topic I am referring to.

    Is there an alternative to this? If so I need it!


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  3. Jun 25, 2008 #2

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    If you find yourself saying this over and over, then it's just a meaningless "filler." Just taking up space in your conversation. You can probably just delete it without replacing it with anything.

    Otherwise, "regarding" or "such as" could suffice in some cases. "With respect to" means the same thing. "Vis a vis" (pronounced "vee za vee") is a good one, but never use it more than once a week.

    "As is the case with" is OK conversationally, but very poor in written communication.
  4. Jun 25, 2008 #3
    do you:

    1) say it 'on purpose' ?

    2) or does it slip out, you notice it, and you really don't want to say it?
  5. Jun 25, 2008 #4
    There are certain words and connecting phrases I use frequently. I notice it most often when I am typing up my responses here. Conversationally it's not so bad. Most people do it. That's why it's a major focus in writing faux pas. If you just take some time to think about it when ever you encounter yourself using a habitual turn of phrase you'll likely come up with an alternative.

    Habitual words/phrases in this post...
    "most often"
  6. Jun 25, 2008 #5
    Well, duh !, actually, you see, it's like this, you know... a word that, I mean, so to speak, basically, most certainly puts things into context, OK ? Now, anyway, wait ! Let's see... Gee !, what was I saying ?
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  8. Jun 26, 2008 #7


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    As long as you avoid the terms "basically", "literally", "give it 110%" and "take it to the next level" you're OK by me.
  9. Jun 26, 2008 #8

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    Well, you gotta do what you gotta do, and such. At the end of the day, all that really matters is what by and large we have and hold dearly.
  10. Jun 26, 2008 #9
    Haha! I hate that!

    I say it on purpose, it all sounds good and I won't over do it in a conversation. I just get a bit annoyed with my lack of variation.

    Thanks for your help guys!

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