I have been finishing up the last edits on my current manuscript. As part of the process I have been searching for those repeated words that haunt most of us. You know, the ones that seem to keep appearing. Some of mine are:
There must be many more. So, (that should be on the list as well) I was looking through a book my sister gave me enjoying the prospect of finding new words. It's called Oxford: A Century of New Words. What makes this book so interesting is that it's organized by decades, covering from the 1900's to the end of the century those words that came into use based on scientific and cultural changes.
I offer you a few:
1900's- Adrenaline, airliner, canned (as in laughter), panties, questionnaire, radio
1930's- electric blanket, deoxyribonucleic acid, curvaceous, jukebox, housey-housey (later renamed bingo)
1950's- coffee bar, body bag, hi-fi, jeans, information technology, silent majority, sputnik
1970's- Big Mac, couch potato, downsize, hacking, paternity leave, politically correct
1990's- blog, bling, fashionista, emoticon (that's the little smiley face you type in an email), spam
The list goes on. The book isn't going to help me rid my work of redundant words or phrases, but it is a grand walk through history, especially with the definitions and origins offered for each entry.
Do you have the same problem with the over use of certain words? Do you write historical novels and have to research what word should not be included in your work as it hadn't yet been "invented?" What resources do you use to broaden your language? Do you have a particular process to find all the words that appear too frequently?
I'm interested to hear your thoughts on this. Bring it on!