Does your vocabulary need an overhaul?

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Real Estate Agent with Pine Knoll Shores Realty 252-422-9000 NC 166249

Does your vocabulary need an overhaul?

Do you use the same words too often?  I do.  Everything is "Awesome".  And there are "Lots" of things around me.  Those are my two most overused words.  I am making a commitment right now to pay attention to the words I use.

My awesome incredible, brilliant nephew Jimmy, a college English professor, offers challenges a lot frequently that make all of us work harder on finding different ways to say things. 

Today the word to watch is "Awesome".  So if you have lots of inventory and they all have lots of amenities and awesome views in awesome locations perhaps you might want to consider how boring and common that sounds since lots of awesome REALTORS are saying the same thing. 

My daughter has forbidden the use of "duh" in her house since her two boys had gotten into the habit of using "duh" as the answer to everything.  Now they have to stop and think of different ways to express themselves.  They're 5 and 7.  They're learning, and we can too.  The English language is an awesome  incredible tool with lots of many options.  Think before you speak, (or write) and make your language stand out.

Suddenly I have "a variety of inventory in some incredible locations.  Some have breathtaking views and spectacular amenities." Use some new words today.  I dare you!

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Laura Reilly
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Major sweetable? Yeah, just made that up! Awesome post.

Jan 25, 2011 08:13 AM #1
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Peggy Dowcett
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I have to admit I use the word awesome a lot! Thanks for the reminder.

Jan 25, 2011 08:13 AM #2
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Gwen Fowler
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Awesome thoughts.  We use the word a day dictionary.  Sometimes it is an old English word that we have problems using in conversation, other times it is a word we just need to go back to using.  Great post.

Jan 25, 2011 08:18 AM #3
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Lenn Harley
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Folks tend to repeatedly use words or phrases with which they are comfortable and "self identify" with their use. 

We all do it.  It's fun and harmless. 

 

Jan 25, 2011 08:19 AM #4
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Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC - Melbourne, FL
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I don't believe I ever use awesome. I guess I have an awesome vocabulary! Actually awesome is so overused I think it has lost its "awesome-ness!"

Jan 25, 2011 08:20 AM #5
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Debbie Jean (DJ) Artrip
Debbie Jean (DJ) Artrip, Cardinal Real Estate, Northern Mich - Hawks, MI

Hey Marian.  How true!  We all seem to find some "comfort" words that we use to often.  I find myself getting stuck in the awesome mode. Thanks for the heads up, I'm going to make a conscience effort to expand my vocabulary by starting to use more "not so familiar" adverbs and adjectives. DJ

Jan 25, 2011 08:20 AM #6
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Liz and Bill Spear
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Marian, Ah...one of those things we don't often realize we're doing until someone points it out :)

Jan 25, 2011 08:26 AM #7
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Dennis Duvernay Broker/Owner
Hillview Realty - Northbridge, MA

Cool or is it Kool...lol....yep this older guy uses one of those words too much....LOL...pretty awesome huh?

Jan 25, 2011 08:29 AM #8
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Amy Hahn
Pine Knoll Shores Realty - Morehead City, NC
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I totally never use a word too often, but I totally agree that Awesome is totally over-used!  Okay, so maybe I totally over-use the word totally, but not in describing my listings...They are all fabulous with Gorgeous views, and impeccable.  Oh, and as hard as it is to admit, I use "Groovy" in my everyday talk.

Totally Awesome Post!  Right On!

Jan 25, 2011 08:38 AM #9
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Marian Goetzinger
Pine Knoll Shores Realty 252-422-9000 - Pine Knoll Shores, NC
Crystal Coast Real Estate NC

Laura, Sweetable is a new one to me. I guess that's because you made it up.  LOL  I'm still struggling with other words to use instead of lot but at least I'm aware.  Thanks for stopping by.

Jan 25, 2011 09:10 AM #10
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Marian Goetzinger
Pine Knoll Shores Realty 252-422-9000 - Pine Knoll Shores, NC
Crystal Coast Real Estate NC

Peggy, I think awesome is a splendid word but when we use it to describe everything it loses some of it's oomph!

Jan 25, 2011 09:13 AM #12
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Paula McDonald
Chevaux Group, PLLC - The Woodlands, TX
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Great, awesome post!  LOL!  No really it is.  I suggested it.  It is so easy to do and say the same old things over and over.  I am going to work on this as well. 

Jan 25, 2011 10:23 AM #13
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Tish Lloyd
BlueCoast Realty Corporation - Wilmington, NC
Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches

Goodness, gracious, me -- this is a totally awesome post.  I mean -- duh, what's not to like!!!  Having now stated the obvious, I shall undertake to improve my actions in the future-- just sayin' . . .

Jan 25, 2011 01:53 PM #14
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Michael Thornton
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Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297

Yes, I have to agree, awesome is an overworked word and I do not use it in every day speech. I look at it this way, the only one who is awesome and does awesome works is God. Everything else on this plane of existence pales in comparison...

Jan 27, 2011 06:30 AM #15
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Diane Osowiecki
Diane O and Friends - Benchmark Realty - Franklin, TN
Greater Nashville Real Estate

There are lots of words that we all overuse.  I have a tendency to start using words that my clients use...sometimes that a good thing and sometimes not so much.

Jan 27, 2011 09:51 AM #16
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Lottie Kendall
Today | Sotheby's International Realty - San Carlos, CA
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Great point, Marian. We should pull up our thesaurus much more often. Suggested and re-blogged.

Two agents in town used to end the description for almost every listing with, 'very nice, indeed.' While it would give us a chuckle, it reached the point whereit became almost like a tag line.

Jan 27, 2011 10:22 AM #17
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Cara Marcelle Mancuso
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Oh this is Good!  This is so good I have to save it for the reminder.  It was good of you to remind all of us bloggers so that we can write good content!  Thanks for the good information!

Feb 01, 2011 10:44 AM #18
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