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Words not to use in essay?

millysmamillysma Posts: 39Registered User Junior Member
edited October 2009 in College Essays
Hi.
I'm new and I don't know if this subject has been covered but I have a question.
Is 'hobo' too politically incorrect to use in a personal essay?
Yeah, I'm actually being serious... :S
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Replies to: Words not to use in essay?

  • entomomentomom Posts: 23,194Super Moderator Senior Member
    How about transient?
  • millysmamillysma Posts: 39Registered User Junior Member
    transient?
    but I mean 'homeless man'. And I guess I could use that but it somehow lack the... um. Impact, I suppose?
  • kid1992kid1992 Posts: 93Registered User Junior Member
    Vagrant?

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  • cclolzftwcclolzftw Posts: 507Registered User Member
    Don't readjust your diction to the admissions officer's liking. Be yourself. How many times have this been said on CC? If you would say "hobo" in real life, say it in the essay.
  • HonorsCentaurHonorsCentaur Posts: 1,665Registered User Senior Member
    Yeah, but if you were to say "piece of $#!t" in real life, would you say that in a college essay?
    Some things are better to avoid.
    Hobo is, imo, borderline presumptuous, but I guess it depends.
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