dp2 wrote:I make a conscious effort not to use "actually" in any post I write because it's among the most overused words on the Internet. It's the first thing that comes to mind when you want to refute something someone said, which is what most posts on the Internet are for (the ones that are instead in agreement employ another overused word, "This."). Much like what I posted about in the "Photo" thread, I feel that it's lazy.
I challenge everyone reading this to step up your writing by finding alternatives to "actually" and "This." in your posting.
(wait, that's just a different form of "actually"),
(while different, that's also a different language (It's been over a decade since I was speaking it regularly, but certain isms still pop up every once in a while), but we can translate that!)
(well, that's about as accurate as any statement made before or after an "actually")
(that one is about as accurate as "in truth", besides carrying the implication that their statement doesn't apply to reality at all. "In actuality" is really a variation on "in reality", but with less of the implication of distinguishing between reality and non-reality)
(that ism only really works in other languages where its use in this context has been modified to serve the purpose that "actually" fulfills in English) bah! whatever. "Actually" works. Just because something is used a lot doesn't mean that it is overused or that its use should be avoided; just look at common words like "a", "the", "of", etc. If something fits the job then go ahead and use it.
The problem comes in when people start to misuse a word like the literally most misused word "literally", or like the like excessive like overuse of like certain like words like "like" like that.
In the case of "actually", the problem isn't the misuse (overuse) of the word, the problem is the offensive nature of oneupmanship and insisting on having the last word that generally accompanies those who employ the word excessively.
I have been put on the spot for using "actually" a lot and have started guarding my use of it; usually by weighing the necessity to correct a certain incorrect statement against the potential offense taken by the one being corrected, or against the amount of energy consumed by issuing the correction (plus either supporting material or sufficient backbone to accept further correction in case of a backlash). In many cases, it just isn't worth correcting something that is only slightly flawed.