I was just reading through this forum and found following reply on a recent thread: http://www.writingforums.org/threads/one-sentence-summary.130419/#post-1192678 Apparently the word "but" is an ugly word. I am working on my very first short story and did a quick search. Found out I have 13 buts in my +/- 2000 words. Why is that such a bad word? Only because of the other meaning of the word? Any other words I should be aware of?