Curation Corner: Make your writing fit and trim. Photo by Patrick Kool on Unsplash I ran across this post from vappingo.com (a valuable new find) that’s all about ridding your work of ‘flabby words and expressions’. Exact Title: 164 PHRASES AND WORDS YOU SHOULD NEVER USE IN AN ESSAY—AND THE POWERFUL ALTERNATIVES YOU SHOULD I like the ‘powerful alternatives’ part… A few examples: — Use ‘will differ’ instead of ‘will be different’. — Use ’emphasize’ instead of ‘point out’. –Use ‘Start by’ instead of ‘The first step is to…’ While I don’t write essays, a quick scan of the list awakened me to lazy expressions I’ve used in my posts and letters. Note: After reviewing the post, I’m now paranoid about every word I’m writing. Probably a good idea to NOT check out this post… Photo by Anderson Rian on Unsplash before your first drafts. There are 17 more pages of Vappingo posts here.