200 Words You Should Not Use

Breaking news: finally a cure for clichés, misused, overused and confused words!

Which word should I use?’ It can be a daunting decision given the breadth of the English language. Other apps, not least our own Chambers 200 Words You Should Use, lend a helping hand, offering useful advice on the words you should introduce into your lexicon, and the best way to use them in everyday speech.

This app, however, offers the user the reverse: 200 misused, overused, clichéd and confused words from current English, all with real examples from books, magazines, newspapers and websites. The sources of these examples range from broadsheets to tabloids, fiction to non-fiction, highbrow to popular culture. These citations are included not to embarrass or accuse the authors and editors responsible: rather they are intended to illustrate the pitfalls and hazards of the English language and to act as a reminder that no one is immune.

Chambers 200 Words You Shouldn’t Use provides easy-to-understand guidance on 200 of the trickiest and commonest usage problems in English and offers a fascinating snapshot of the language as it really is.

Features

Chambers 200 Words You Shouldn’t Use includes:

  • A selection of 200 words terms to make you squirm
  • Word definitions with correct usage or suggested replacements
  • Roots of a word to shed light on the fundamental meaning
  • Content divided into four sections: Misused, Overused, Clichés and Confusables
  • Illustrative quotations drawn from books, newspapers, magazines and websites
  • An exhaustive quiz to help you master these 200 words
  • Functions to save to favourites and share words with friends on Facebook
  • A carousel to serendipitously discover words
  • Refreshing graphic design, a far cry from boring dictionary apps
  • Intuitive user interface that’s practical and effective

How best to use this app

There are several ways to study the words in this app.

If you like to simply browse words that interest you, you can click on a word from the main screen.

If this is a word you’d like to study or refer to in the future, you can mark it as a favourite.

If you prefer to go through the words more systematically, you can choose a word from the index and work your way through alphabetically, flicking from one word to the next.

You can also search words by using the alphabetical scroll bar at the bottom of the screen.

Once you’ve gone through the words you feel you need to study, try taking the quiz. The quiz challenges you with a completely random set of questions each time you take it, so you should be able to test yourself several times.

Keep going back to your favourites to review their meanings and the potential pitfalls of using each word. Practise avoiding and replacing your most frequently misused and overused words each day. You’ll soon find they disappear from your repertoire altogether.

200 Words You Should Not Trust

Never trust a weasel word

This is sensible advice, given that the phrase comes from an untrustworthy, singular-looking creature. Coined by a lawyer, Stewart Chaplin, it is used to describe ‘words that suck all the life out of the words next to them, just as a weasel sucks an egg and leaves the shell’.

This app contains all sorts of words that could be described as weasel-esque. Some were born weasely, while others had weaselyness thrust upon them, clumsily stitched together from vogueish buzz-terms. It can seem like they’re everywhere.

Such bubbling paranoia necessitates an app which confronts hollow business jargon such as ‘granularity’ and ‘cloud computing’, reality-denying military terms such as ‘friendly fire’ and ‘surgical strike’, property-improving descriptors such as ‘compact’ and ‘bijou’. This app also challenges a pic’n‘mix selection of words employed in prose in an attempt to make the writer appear clever, such as ‘quixotic’ and ‘veritable’, although they frequently sound awkward when voiced aloud in everyday speech. So, a veritable treasure trove awaits!

Features

Chambers 200 Words You Shouldn’t Trust includes:

  • A selection of 200 weasel words, you just can’t trust them!
  • Word definitions with correct usage
  • A description of the other weasel-esque usage of the word
  • Roots of a word to shed light on the fundamental meaning
  • Illustrative quotations drawn from books, newspapers, magazines and websites
  • An exhaustive quiz to help you become a master weasel word hunter
  • Functions to save to favourites and share words with friends on Facebook
  • A carousel to serendipitously discover words
  • Refreshing graphic design, a far cry from boring dictionary apps
  • Intuitive user interface that’s practical and effective

How best to use this app

There are several ways to study the words in this app.

If you like to simply browse words that interest you, you can click on a word from the main screen.

If this is a word you’d like to study or refer to in the future, you can mark it as a favourite.

If you prefer to go through the words more systematically, you can choose a word from the index and work your way through alphabetically, flicking from one word to the next.

You can also search words by using the alphabetical scroll bar at the bottom of the screen.

Once you’ve gone through the words you feel you need to study, try taking the quiz. The quiz challenges you with a completely random set of questions each time you take it, so you should be able to test yourself several times.

Keep going back to your favourites to review their meanings and the potential pitfalls of using each word.

Keep a mental note of the weasel words you encounter each day. You’ll find soon find they cease to bamboozle you!

200 Words You Should Use

Finally an app that can actually make you sound smart and communicate better!

There are several apps that purport to help you expand your vocabulary, but which contain many words that you would be hard-pushed to include in everyday usage. The premise of this app is different. All of the words included are not only impressive but have real practical usefulness.

You will probably already have some familiarity with most of the words in this collection. What you might not do, however, is think to use them on occasions when they would be apposite. By using this app and seeing how they can be used effectively, you should become more familiar with their meanings and nuances, and so become confident enough to use them effectively. If you do this, the words will serve you well, both in your formal writing and in your conversation.

A final word of warning, however: don’t try to use too many of these words all at once. You will find that these words have the greatest impact when they hog the limelight in an otherwise simple sentence.

Features

Chambers 200 Words you should use includes:

  • A selection of 200 words you can use to express yourself more clearly
  • Word definitions including a pronunciation guide
  • Roots of a word to shed light on the fundamental meaning
  • Illustrative quotations drawn from books, newspapers, magazines and websites
  • An exhaustive quiz to help you master these 200 words
  • Functions to save to favourites and share words with friends on Facebook
  • A carousel to serendipitously discover words
  • Refreshing graphic design, a far cry from boring dictionary apps
  • Intuitive user interface that’s practical and effective

How best to use this app

There are several ways to study the words in this app. If you like to simply browse words that interest you, you can click on a word from the main screen.

If this is a word you’d like to study or use in the future, you can mark it as a favourite.

If you prefer to go through the words more systematically, you can choose a word from the index and then simply flick from one word to the next.

You can also search words by using the alphabetical scroll bar at the bottom of the screen.

Once you’ve gone through the words you feel you need to learn, try taking the quiz. The quiz challenges you with a completely random set of questions each time you take it, so you should be able to test yourself several times.

Keep going back to your favourites to review the meaning and proper usage of each word. Once you feel confident, try to use your new words at least once each day. You will find that eventually they will become a natural part to your repertoire.

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