This article will take you two (2) minutes to read – equivalent to the consumption time of one breakfast taco.
1. No More LUY
What is LUY (rhymes with MUY)?
Is it that nice bottle of alcohol that people drink in the VIP section of the club? Answer: No. LUY stands for: Like Um You Know.
Let’s get something clear. These three pieces of verbiage are deflating your communication skills. I teach a class at UT-Austin which centers around leadership development. During the “effective communication” module, we target these three terms as the leading causes of speech casualties. One exercise we use to draw attention to our casual usage of these deflators involves yelling, “No We Don’t!” whenever someone says, “You Know?”.
Instead of trying to go cold turkey, just speak slower and replace each term with a moment of silence. Start today.
2. “Me Personally”
Have you asked someone a question, and heard the person start his/her reply with, “Well, me personally…”?
Have you ever wondered, “If it’s not personally you, then what is it?” Could it be “impersonally” you? If so, that would be very unfortunate. You and I are having a conversation, and you have decided to become impersonal with me. That is not very kind.
Here’s a simple remedy: Replace “me personally” with “I”.
3. Irregardless (It was painful just to type that faux word…)
The fight to eradicate this word from the human vernacular has been unsuccessful. I hear this word once a week and the sound is like the implosion of a million baby bottles.
In short, “irregardless” is a double-negative that has no comprehensible value. Now, I believe there are rare moments when double negatives should be used (please don’t tell Mrs. Judy Hinson, my senior English teacher). I am not a grammatical purist. And at times I will begin a sentence with a conjunction. But “irregardless” is where I draw the line. Stop. It. Now.