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The case against “good” and “bad” - Marlee Neel


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Don’t take the easy route! Instead, use this little trick to improve your writing -- let go of the words “good” and “bad,” and push yourself to illustrate, elucidate and illuminate your world with language.

The English language has an abundant amount of illustrative words. There are also many words that fail to interpret the true circumstances of the situation. Identify five terms from the English language that produce similarly banal effects to good and bad. List these terms in one column. In the next column, produce two superior replacements of your own. Share and discuss these with the class to develop a larger list of terms to avoid in your own written and oral projects.

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  • Animator Brian Young, Spyros Dahlias
  • Educator Marlee Neel
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