What is a padding or filler word?
According to Collins Dictionary:
‘Padding is unnecessary words or information used to make a piece of writing or a speech longer.
Synonyms: waffle [informal , mainly British] , hot air [informal] , verbiage, wordiness’
In Business Writing
Weak or inexperienced business writers often use ‘filler’ or padding words to make their articles, reports, or speeches longer. These words are mostly redundant and add nothing to the meaning of the piece. These words turn readers off. They will become bored and stop reading your writing.
In Creative Writing
Beginner creative writers do the same thing when they write their first novels. Mostly, we do this to meet word counts and because we do not have a plot. Filler words in creative writing include the overuse of adverbs and adjectives. Using these words also makes you ‘tell’ rather than ‘show’. If you write well, using strong verbs and precise nouns, you will show. Weak verbs make you tell.
This infographic from Grammar Check includes some of the filler words that weaken your writing.
Source for Infographic: Grammar Check
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