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Old 07-14-2011, 05:21 PM
 
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Several have posted about having bulletin boards of overused words, and even graveyards devoted to them. I was looking through Sharon Creech's heartbeat today, and thought perhaps you'd get a kick out of this:

FORBIDDEN WORDS

Mr. Welling put a list of forbidden words on the board today.
He says we use these words too much and they are empty words and phrases and we should try to talk and to write without using them.

Here is his list:

very
like
ya know?
uh
well
stuff
yeah

Kaylee raised her hand and said
Well, what--

Mr. Welling tapped the board next to the word well.

Kaylee started again
Like, ya know--

Mr. Welling tapped the board at like and ya know.

Kaylee was getting angry.

What I am trying to ask--

She paused, listening to herself
pleased that she'd managed
not to say any forbidden words
before she moved on.

is, like--wait! No! Don't tap!
What I am trying to ask--

She paused again, thinking.

is--is--well, crud--no, not well--

Most of us were laughing
we couldn't help it
and Kaylee turned to us and said
If you think it is so easy, you try it!

And so other people tried to speak
but each of us could barely ask
a single question
or make a single comment
without using at least one
of the forbidden words.

It was very--oopps, no, not very--
it was extremely amusing.

It is easier in writing to avoid
the forbidden words
but I see that I do use
very
a lot.


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Old 07-15-2011, 12:08 PM
 
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Well, it looks like i very much need to get that book, you know?
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Old 07-16-2011, 09:18 AM
 
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Uh, yeah, if you want to, ya know, read stuff.
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Old 07-18-2011, 04:57 AM
 
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Great post!
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Old 07-22-2011, 04:25 PM
 
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Hey, this stuff's very cool!

Like it got me sorta thinking about, well . . . ya know, stuff like that.

Um, I'm gonna use this in my teaching, ya know?

I'm like, very, very happy you shared!

Yeah, well, anyways, I guess that's all. Bye


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i love it... will begin the assassination of the forbidden words tomorrow
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