Whether you're using a word inappropriately, mispronouncing it or just using work-inappropriate slang, strike these 100 words and phrases from your professional vocabulary. Click any word below to learn why that word is often hit-or-miss.
Definition: used to signify something exists in reality or is present
You can use this when you need to convey that something is true, but avoid it as a way to add extra punch to your sentence. There's no need to tell someone "he actually said to me." If you're telling the story, that's the presumption.
Adverse means undesirable. Averse means reluctant, so don't say, "It caused averse effects."
Definition: a colloquial contraction often used in place of isn't, aren't, am not, etc.
It may be in the dictionary, but it's still nonstandard and associated by most with uneducated speech.
There's no such thing as an affidavid. The word is pronounced AF-I-DAVE-IT. The difference is negligible in some dialects, but be careful nonetheless.
An antidote is a medicine to counteract a poison (literally or metaphorically). An anecdote is a story one tells, generally to illustrate a point.
This is a common phrase people use because they think it sounds smarter or fancier. Just say "whether."
Because "aks" a colloquial pronunciation in some areas, it may be acceptable locally, but be careful in the business world — people from most regions think it sounds childish (like "pasketti").
It's just a tiny little symbol denoted by the star character above your eight key, but it does have a name, and it's ASS-TUH-RISK.
Not a word. Use catastrophic instead.
Unless you're referring to Chester's underwear, it's "chest of drawers."
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