The words below were collected by students in response to an assignment to find
synonyms for words they used too frequently.
Drug (overused word and has another meaning of
Use instead: medication (synonym for "drug"). A kind of medicine or remedy. This
word avoids confusion and embarrassment over the use of the word "drug".
Use instead: Kidding (synonym). Are you kidding? I was just kidding!
Use instead: Deceive (synonym) You like to deceive people, dont you? The sense of
the word "deceive" is to do something behind someones back. Cheating
on someone is when you go with another person without telling your boyfriend or
Use instead: Way of behaving; He has an attitude. Your way of behaving is
Use instead: Excellent; beautiful; marvellous; amazing; wonderful; awesome; cool. Pretty
can be used to describe a good goal in a game, but not exchanged for
Use instead: knowledge; understanding; sense; thinking
My thinking is that boys of thirteen dont often do their chores on time. (I
have tasted this before. Metaphor. Compares experience to eating.)
Jury (a legal group of 12 people who meet to decide a matter of law)
Use instead: Committee; panel; commission; organization. (so all these words are groups of
people who make decisions)
A panel is a group of specialists who are chosen to make a decision.
Use instead: Rule; command; dominate.
The King controlled the people with a heavy hand.
Use instead: Tip; sprinkle; empty; spill; flow. (not exactly synonyms)
I pour a cup of coffee. I serve a cup of coffee.
I fill a cup with coffee.
I decant a bottle of wine.
Dont pour (put) salt all over your food. It is bad for your health!
Use instead: Assist; support; aid.
This dictionary will help (assist you; aid you) to improve your understanding of English.