Of course, I still use it heavily in the first drafts of anything I write (it is one of those elementary-school placeholders I spoke about in a previous post: Finding the Words). But when I review my work and find those five letters in succession, I begin to develop a mild twitch (and night-terrors). There is always a more descriptive way to explain said “thing” to your audience. Next time you come across that word in your own writing, seriously consider a better way to describe what it is you’re talking about. (This is also an easy way to beef up your final word count).
Another equally annoying word:
As writers/readers, what words give you a twitch?
Kickstarter Update: Big news, loyal readers (and first-time stumblers)! My self-publishing project has successfully been funded! We are currently $650 over the original goal of $4,000. This means that more books can be printed in the initial print run. As of 4:00 pm on Saturday, March 31, I will be officially on my way to self-publishing The Mirrors at Barnard Hall!