We obviously write differently for different people. Here is where I found a great list of words that should never be used in an essay. Here are some other words I was taught never to use:
Obviously/clearly--if it's obvious or clear, you shouldn't have to explain it.
Because (at the beginning of a sentence)
In conclusion--this says that everything that follows is something you've already read
I/me/anything in first person unless the prompt specifically asks for something about you
?--you're supposed to answer questions, not pose more.
Although these words shouldn't appear in a paper, that doesn't mean that they should never be used. How could I write a cover letter without using the words "I" or "you?" That's still formal writing that goes through a lot of editing.
I enjoy writing papers because most of the time, it gives me an opportunity to learn something new and gives me more practice with editing. Sometimes, I feel that the prompt does not allow for this. For example, I had to write a paper this semester that stated the author's argument in less than 750 words. The prompt stated that the introductory paragraph was to tell the reader what I would do in the paper. I cringed because I've been taught for years that this was improper, but I wanted an A, so I sacrificed my own standards. I still received a C on the paper, which I thought was harsh for someone who wasn't an English professor and assigned such a poor prompt.
This blog entry is different because it's supposed to be like a diary that everyone can read. It gives me a chance to formulate my thoughts and hope I can enlighten others. I would have to consider that anyone can read this, which is why I didn't give the name or class for the paper I mentioned earlier. I also have to conform to standards for this blog, which, in some cases, means I have to sacrifice doing what I think makes sense. In this case, it would make sense not to include a random link, but it's required, even though this post doesn't call for one. It also doesn't call for pictures since I'm writing about words, but here are some pictures of my French essay that I finished at 1:30 the night before it was due. It's pretty obvious that I was just trying to meet the minimum word count because the essay is full of weird stuff that came to my head at that hour. Again, something I would never write for an English class, but I got an A.
The Career of My Dreams
I think I'm going to leave school and become a magician (professor's comment: best first sentence of the class!). Criss Angel would be my best friend because I need a best friend who's wise and famous. I would go to lots of children's birthday parties. I would have a rabbit who would be named Tigger. He would jump a lot and when I say magic words, he would disappear. He would always return, of course! I would also have a white dove named Midnight. I think all the animals who....
I would be able to use magic to create money (professor's comment: and to get out of prison?). I wouldn't need to use a car or pay for gas because I could transport myself with magic. If I want to earn a living, it's important to be frugal.
It would be cool to be a magician. I would have a career that's cooler than all the other students at Clemson. Engineers wouldn't be able to travel the world while working. I wouldn't need to study to become a doctor because I could use magic instead. They would be so jealous, but they might be less jealous if they turned into happy frogs who could walk on land and swim in a lake. It's a life that would be less complicated for everyone!