Sometimes, (I dare to be contrary), using “it” in a sentence helps to keep it shorter, something I really need to do. On the other hand, I do love Cousin IT.

Robin Coyle

Thanks to Jennifer Eaton’s blog, I discovered the most vile word in the English language.  In my comment on her post, I said, “I hate you, in the nicest possible way,” for pointing out the word.

You thought you hated me before, but wait until you get a load of this.

How could a two-letter word destroy a writer in one afternoon? Here’s how. I found 539 of the cheeky buggers in my manuscript. 539!!! I kid you not. So far, I edited out 64 of the offending words and I’m only on page 52. The result? The writing is stronger.

I know you are all dancing on your toes and asking, “What is it? What is it?”

You answered the question yourself. The bloody word it “IT.”

How could “IT” be so bad? Let me explain. When we reference something in our writing, say…

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  1. I DID say sometimes there is no way around “it,” so you weren’t being contrary. Going out of your way to come up with another word for “frying pan” become cumbersome and weird.

    Thanks so much for the reblog! ‘IT” tickles me!

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