Need a plan? Check out these slides for info on how to:
For more help with your vocabulary spring cleaning, check out the many grammar rules and tips in the informative articles and infographics on YourDictionary. And remember, it doesn't have to be spring or summer for you to clean up your vocabulary.
Want to "clean up your act"? Take a little time and review the present, past and future tense of the verbs you use most often. An easy way to start your clean up is to review the YourDictionary article and chart on regular verbs. Those are the verbs that only change slightly as you move between the tenses. For example: Bake (present tense), baked (past tense) and will bake (future tense).
Here are three spelling clean-up ideas to get you started:
Some of the most common useless words are "well," "basically" and "nevertheless." For example:
If we are not careful we can also construct sentences out of words that provide useless information. For example:
Don't let extra words slow down your communication. Cut the extra words and phrases.
There are several origins for slang. For example, some slang is:
A person should only use a specific slang expression when the other person in the conversation will understand the meaning. If they don't understand, it has to be explained such as "moola" or "scratch" means money. The explanation just takes too long and makes for extra clutter in the conversation.
For the most concise communication, it is best to avoid using obsolete slang or slang that is unknown to the others in the conversation.
A great way to learn new words is to create word lists on YourDictionary. You can review the words and their definitions and spelling on your word list from your desktop or mobile device.