Dump this dead weight immediately:
- “I would like to (say, thank, mention, whatever)” If we ever utter this wordy warm-up, we all know Dr. Larry Benovitz will throw the book at us – probably a hardcover edition of the unabridged Merriam-Webster dictionary. As Dr. B. would urge, just say/thank/mention/whatever.
- “Could you please . . .?” Could you please just ask straight out? “Please tell us the winners.”
- “Personally, I think . . .” It’s unnecessary to point out that it’s your opinion.
What other ballast words and phrases would you like to give the heave-ho? Share in Comments.