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  • WORD TRASH
  • WORD TRASH
  • slang terms
  • Be careful! Even commonly used words such as “guy” are too slang for academic writing! (It’s “man” or “character.”)
  • WORD TRASH
  • slang terms
  • symbols instead of words (ex: & or @)
  • It’s OK to use shorthand symbols in your notes, but edit them out of your draft!
  • (You may use symbols IF they are included in a direct quote.)
  • WORD TRASH
  • slang terms
  • symbols instead of words (ex: & or @)
  • first person POV (unless it’s a personal essay)
  • First person POV includes I, me, my, us, our, we, etc.
  • It’s perfectly fine to use for a personal essay or opinion writing–but not OK in most academic writing.
  • WORD TRASH
  • slang terms
  • symbols instead of words (ex: & or @)
  • first person POV (unless it’s a personal essay)
  • Instead of first person pronouns, use something like “readers” or “the reader.”
  • “The reader can see that Fitzgerald intended his protagonist to appear…”
  • WORD TRASH
  • slang terms
  • symbols instead of words (ex: & or @)
  • first person POV (unless it’s a personal essay)
  • “you” (second person POV)
  • WORD TRASH
  • slang terms
  • symbols instead of words (ex: & or @)
  • first person POV (unless it’s a personal essay)
  • “you” (second person POV)
  • Use something like “the reader” or “one” to fix it.
  • “When one picks up a book by Fitzgerald, one notices…”
  • WORD TRASH
  • slang terms
  • symbols instead of words (ex: & or @)
  • first person POV (unless it’s a personal essay)
  • “you” (second person POV)
  • talking about the paper IN the paper (“This essay will show…”)
  • WORD TRASH
  • slang terms
  • symbols instead of words (ex: & or @)
  • first person POV (unless it’s a personal essay)
  • “you” (second person POV)
  • talking about the paper IN the paper (“This essay will show…”)
  • lame, weak commentary (“In my opinion…” “I think that…”)
  • This habit makes your writing sound weak; it appears as if you are not very confident.
  • WORD TRASH
  • slang terms
  • symbols instead of words (ex: & or @)
  • first person POV (unless it’s a personal essay)
  • “you” (second person POV)
  • talking about the paper IN the paper (“This essay will show…”)
  • lame, weak commentary (“In my opinion…” “I think that…”)
  • You might be shocked to see how many English students let this habit slip into their academic papers!
  • 2 ≠ to 4 ≠ for u ≠ you r ≠ are
  • WORD TRASH
  • slang terms
  • symbols instead of words (ex: & or @)
  • first person POV (unless it’s a personal essay)
  • “you” (second person POV)
  • talking about the paper IN the paper (“This essay will show…”)
  • email & text jargon
  • lame, weak commentary (“In my opinion…” “I think that…”)
  • vague descriptors (“good” “bad” etc.)
  • Use descriptors that…you know…describe. What do you MEAN by “good” or “bad”?
  • WORD TRASH
  • slang terms
  • symbols instead of words (ex: & or @)
  • first person POV (unless it’s a personal essay)
  • “you” (second person POV)
  • talking about the paper IN the paper (“This essay will show…”)
  • email & text jargon
  • lame, weak commentary (“In my opinion…” “I think that…”)
  • vague descriptors (“good” “bad” etc.)
  • “things”/ “stuff”
  • WORD TRASH
  • slang terms
  • symbols instead of words (ex: & or @)
  • first person POV (unless it’s a personal essay)
  • “you” (second person POV)
  • talking about the paper IN the paper (“This essay will show…”)
  • email & text jargon
  • lame, weak commentary (“In my opinion…” “I think that…”)
  • vague descriptors (“good” “bad” etc.)
  • “things”/ “stuff”
  • “big”
  • Do not use “big” (or “large” or “huge”) when you really
  • mean “important,” “key,” “influential,” or “main.”
  • WORD TRASH
  • slang terms
  • symbols instead of words (ex: & or @)
  • first person POV (unless it’s a personal essay)
  • “you” (second person POV)
  • talking about the paper IN the paper (“This essay will show…”)
  • email & text jargon
  • lame, weak commentary (“In my opinion…” “I think that…”)
  • vague descriptors (“good” “bad” etc.)
  • “things”/ “stuff”
  • “big”
  • “majorly”
  • WORD TRASH
  • slang terms
  • symbols instead of words (ex: & or @)
  • first person POV (unless it’s a personal essay)
  • “you” (second person POV)
  • talking about the paper IN the paper (“This essay will show…”)
  • email & text jargon
  • lame, weak commentary (“In my opinion…” “I think that…”)
  • vague descriptors (“good” “bad” etc.)
  • “things”/ “stuff”
  • “big”
  • “majorly”
  • “very” / “really”
  • WORD TRASH
  • slang terms
  • symbols instead of words (ex: & or @)
  • first person POV (unless it’s a personal essay)
  • “you” (second person POV)
  • talking about the paper IN the paper (“This essay will show…”)
  • email & text jargon
  • lame, weak commentary (“In my opinion…” “I think that…”)
  • vague descriptors (“good” “bad” etc.)
  • “things”/ “stuff”
  • “big”
  • “majorly”
  • “very” / “really”
  • etc. …
  • Do not end a sentence or list of items with etc. or an ellipsis (…).
  • WORD TRASH
  • slang terms
  • symbols instead of words (ex: & or @)
  • first person POV (unless it’s a personal essay)
  • “you” (second person POV)
  • talking about the paper IN the paper (“This essay will show…”)
  • email & text jargon
  • lame, weak commentary (“In my opinion…” “I think that…”)
  • vague descriptors (“good” “bad” etc.)
  • “things”/ “stuff”
  • “big”
  • “majorly”
  • “very” / “really”
  • etc. …


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