I Am Addicted To “That”!

Self-Imposed Rehab for “That”.

Robin Klammer
2 min readJan 29, 2019


Photo by frank mckenna on Unsplash

This is a humor piece for Elle Fredine.

I have recently discovered just how much I’ve come to depend and rely on the word, “That”. In fact, it was only when Elle pointed out “that” anomaly, did I realize just how much we say or write it, without giving “that” a second thought.

Now, when I read or write, I’m on a stakeout! It’s funny, when one becomes aware of a habit, we realize just how ingrained it’s become.

Now, as anyone knows, it’s quite challenging to quit “Cold Turkey”. Some can, some need to ween themselves. It is only in becoming aware, and mindful, can we change old habits, whatever they may be.

“That” word is ever so easy to write or say. Perhaps we need to challenge ourselves to find a different word?

What word will we choose?

Will “this” word become the new “that”? Or “thus”?

Here is a link to the story “which” I’m referring to. The above and following will make more sense, if you know where the inspiration came from!

Even just writing “this” piece, I realized I wrote the word, “that”!

“Which” I corrected immediately after.

Needless to say, the words I have put quotes around ”that”, if only to make a point. Yours for the taking, should you choose to.

I found it quite interesting the “editor” did not use a manual. More interesting still, I didn’t realize there were so many to choose from.

For some, it comes naturally. For others, it’s quite a challenge. Myself included. To know the tricks of the trade takes much practice and undying patience. Even just thinking about editing, make my poor head spin.

I certainly appreciate Elle Fredine’s help and she has certainly challenged me to up my game!

In fact, I re-read some recent pieces, and realized I had indeed used “that” word several times! I also have a penchant for the word “thus”, though, I’m not quite sure why?

As always, there will always be room to improve in writing, while still remaining true to our “Writer’s Voice”.

So without further ado, I ask of you, my fellow writing friends…

Just how often do you use “THAT” word?!

As always, thanks for reading!



Robin Klammer

Searching for my True North, Strong & Free... ehhhh?! Garden of Neuro sister & Queen of Snark! 👑