Dictionary.com compiled a short list of words that we carelessly slip into conversations to give ourselves more time to think and, guess what? Instead of making us sound smart, we end up sounding stupid. These are called "crutch" words. You might want to try to stop using the following "crutch" words:
Who knows why, but there are some words that we hear in conversation that make us cringe. I'm not talking curse words, I'm just talking about regular words that wouldn't make anyone raise an eyebrow necessarily, we just don't like the way they sound.
Each year in September, Webster's Dictionary adopts new words to put in their next edition. These tend to be words that have made their way into main stream American conversations. Let's see if you have heard any of these words dropped in casual conversation before.