The UVic Writer's Guide


Unless you are writing an essay about astrology, this is a word to be careful of. It is one of a number of all-purpose words that students slot into their sentences when they are unable to think of a precise term. Take the time to find the right one--if necessary check a thesaurus. (See facet and element for similar pablum words to avoid.)

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