Tech Tip: Beware of "crutch" words.
These are words that authors use repeatedly, either consciously or unconsciously. Common examples include just, really, so, still, likely, actually, hopefully, almost, in fact, for example, only, often, literally, very, quite and basically. Crutch words modify without adding information, so they make your writing feel flat and repetitive while making you, the author, appear indecisive. If they occur frequently enough in the same document, they can irritate readers to the point that they stop paying attention. They are a hard habit to break. We recommend a healthy dose of proofreader.