Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Is there a synonym for that?

LinkedIn has published a list of the most overused words in its profiles. In Australia that word is “creative”. Guess what? It’s America’s most overused word too.

Here’s the list:
1. Creative
2. Effective
3. Motivated
4. Extensive experience
5. Track record
6. Innovative
7. Responsible
8. Analytical
9. Communication skills
10. Positive

The most overused buzzwords worldwide:
Australia: Creative
Brazil: Experimental
Canada: Creative
Egypt: Multinational
France: Responsible
Germany: Creative
India: Effective
Indonesia: Multinational
Italy: Responsible
Malaysia: Motivated
Netherlands: Creative
New Zealand: Creative
Saudi Arabia: Motivated
Singapore: Creative
South Africa: Motivated
Spain: Specialized
Sweden: Creative
Switzerland: Analytical
United Arab Emirates: Motivated
United Kingdom: Motivated
United States: Creative

Now that might help you write your next job application, but you can also use this information in storytelling as well. That word you keep reading in every second book? Make sure you don’t use it in your book. Find a better, more apt synonym instead.
Happy writing

Helen Woodall

Helen is available to line edit and/ or content edit fiction and non-fiction. Rates on application.


anny cook said...

Thank goodness I don't care for that word...much.

Helen Woodall: Freelance Editing said...

It's interesting that it's the same few words being overused all around the world.