Ever since I had the epiphany that the use of filler words are at epidemic proportions, and that an app could help us all be better speakers, I have been frustrated by the lack of words to describe this pervasive phenomenon. I needed better words to describe the excessive use of needless words that are undermining our speech.
And thus, The Verbal Habitionary (verbal habit + dictionary) was born. The Verbal Habitionary offers portmanteau words (a blend of words) to give us all the vocabulary to talk about – and find solutions to – this increasingly ubiquitous habit that is undermining our communication, watering down our meaning, and distracting our listeners.
The first entry was Filleritis (Filler + -itis). The second entry in The Verbal Habitionary is:
Filler + Buster = FILLERBUSTER
noun. A specific app that acts as both your personal speech coach and speech fitness tracker to train against and eliminate the use of filler words.
Use it in a sentence, you say?
“I have used the LikeSo app as a fillerbuster and no longer say ‘like’ three times in every sentence!”
Look out for new entries in The Verbal Habitionary, and please send along your own words and ideas!