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Jun 12, 2024

The 5 overused ChatGPT words that scream, “AI wrote me!”

Did your BFF chatbot make your writing sound too much like ChatGPT? Beware of its pitfalls! Here are common phrases from the AI tool that need a rewrite


We all know that ChatGPT has our back when it comes to writing articles, essays, emails, and whatnot. But as they say, with great popularity comes great predictability. And let’s face it, it’s becoming easier than ever to spot those unmistakable signs that OpenAI’s chatbot played a part in our piece. Kind of frustrating, isn’t it?

For some, ChatGPT isn’t just a digital buddy; it’s a BFF, an ally for all those late-night brainstorming sessions. Sometimes, you get so caught up in the conversation you forget you’re talking to an AI tool and not your pal. Ever find yourself bidding goodnight to ChatGPT? Hey, it happens to the best of us.

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It’s incredible how similar this chatbot is to humans now, not just in its conversational skills but also in creating texts that are getting more ‘humanised’ by the day. And its voice is remarkable, too! Just check out the video below—it’s racking up millions of views on TikTok. Want to have real-time spoken conversations with ChatGPT? The latest version of its audio interaction enhances the experience with natural, voice-based communication that feels more human-like. It can even engage in sarcastic talk if you wish! 😂 #chatgpt4o #chatgpt #openai #gpt4 #chatgptvoice #conversation #realtimeai #voiceinteraction #sarcastic #innovation #smarttechnology #Imagineailive ♬ original sound - - Imagine AI Live

Aside from the enjoyable interactions with ChatGPT, there are many serious and professional applications waiting to be explored without going overboard. Remember the times when you relied on Wikipedia to complete your homework during the summer holidays? Well, fast forward to today, we’re still doing the same, but with innovative tech toys at our fingertips. It’s like trading in your reliable old bike for a turbocharged spaceship: same mission, different ride.

So far, ChatGPT’s been like the super-skilled proofreader and the boost we all deserve in our papers—pretty fantastic, right? Well, mostly. The thing is, its vocabulary has quite a lot of room for improvement, and ChatGPT tends to loop words and phrases like a broken record. Give it a vague prompt, and you’ll find yourself staring at a piece overflowing with repetition, along with a seriously cringe-worthy tone of voice, especially when it comes to email compositions. 

Well, let’s not beat around the bush and dive straight into the juicy stuff. What’s got us all curious? How can we keep our texts from screaming, “ChatGPT wrote this!” when all we wanted was a tiny bit of AI assistance? Here’s a sneak peek into ChatGPT’s most commonly used words, its obsession with repetitive phrases, old-fashioned language, and other little details that make your text whisper, “AI alert.”


The Enchanted REALM of ChatGPT

Those overly whimsical words claim the top spot. Ever had ChatGPT take a crack at writing or polishing up an editorial text? Well, most likely, the result was packed with terms like ‘realm,’ excessively dramatic and rarely used in everyday conversation. So, it’s best to steer clear of these fantastical terms.

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Let’s Not DELVE That Much

ChatGPT has combed through countless essays, becoming quite the expert on common essay words like ‘delve.’ So, when ‘delve’ pops up, it’s like a little AI alarm bell going off in our heads, signalling, “ChatGPT’s been here!” Use it cautiously.


When an 1800s HIGH SPIRIT Resurrects in Your Email Correspondence

Ah, the charm of the 19th century lives on in our emails! How many times have we stumbled upon overly formal messages from school or work colleagues, sounding something like this: “I trust this email finds you in good health and high spirits,” or even, “We extend our sincere gratitude for your attention to this matter and eagerly anticipate your timely response?” These lines are straight from ChatGPT’s playbook, of course. Quite often, but let’s be real, that’s not how we talk. Being formal is fine, but maybe we’ve taken it a tad too far with these phrases, and it definitely doesn’t sound like our usual language.

Keep an Eye on AI-Generated (Not So) ORIGINAL QUOTES

There’s definitely a critical side to monitoring when these algorithms churn out an ‘original’ text. Especially in the early days of these tools, we might have tasked AI with writing texts on specific topics, even throwing in quotes from notable figures. The outcome? Sources and citations were all over the place, or worse, completely fabricated. It would be more fitting for a sci-fi yarn than a scholarly dissertation on fashion history! So, always remember to double-check any information that ChatGPT serves up as authoritative quotes. There’s a chance that OpenAI’s chatbot is the sole author in the room.

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For some mysterious reason, ChatGPT just can’t resist sprinkling bullet points throughout your text, even when they’re totally unnecessary. It seems like the tool has its own quirks, too, right? Well, here’s the deal: always make sure to read the whole text before submitting your paper because these little surprises might be lurking within lengthy passages, ready to give away the unmistakable touch of a ChatGPT-written piece.



Lucrezia Spina
MA alumna in Fashion Omnichannel & E-Commerce, Milan