The Most Overused Words of Instagram Poets
This morning — a Sunday — I opened up the Instagram app on my iPhone. I started scrolling through my feed and noticed a bunch of new posts from those I follow. One person had a birthday, which I quickly dropped her a comment to say happy birthday. Another was dressed up in bebop attire from the 1940’s, hanging out with her friends.
I’m horrified by the state of poetry on Instagram. It’s a vicious cycle of rehashing common themes and words. So I wasn’t surprised to see multiple Instapoets sharing their text images with carbon-copy words.
Here are the most over used words from today’s observation:
Every Instapoet I observed, employed at least one or more words from this list. I would read one piece, then scroll to the next and see the exact word used again by a different person. And this was only in a short 15-minute browsing session.
I’m sure if I did a full analysis I could tell you the percentage of and frequency those words appear across Instagram’s top writers. I might even uncover other basic words that are common in the community of Instapoets’ lexicon.
My advise to aspiring writers and poets on Instagram:
Get a fucking thesaurus.
Look up synonyms.
Find different ways to express your poetry.