Website Writing Guide

Web writing and presentation style

Commonly misused words and phrases

Many words and phrases commonly used in websites do not add meaning to a sentence and only serve to make the text wordy and awkward. They are often used in a mistaken attempt to add emphasis. Below is a list of redundant or unnecessary words and phrases to avoid:

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Word or phrase

Preferred form or treatment

Comment

‘firstly’, ‘secondly’, ‘thirdly’

first, second, third

consider using a numbered list

should of

should have

drop the ‘of’

could of

could have

drop the ‘of’

orientate(d)

Orient(ed)

 

administrate(d)

administer(ed)

literally

avoid

only use where the precise meaning of the word is intended

 

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