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I It's often OK to refer to yourself as I (and me) in your writing and speaking. It's called "writing in first person." It can add credibility and personality, and it can eliminate passive, wordy sentences. But don't overdo it or write about yourself as though you're another person.
If you've made it clear you're describing your feelings, beliefs and opinions, avoid overusing I feel, I believe and I think. Simply state your feeling, belief or thought without introducing it with those words. And when expressing your opinion or describing your actions or feelings, squelch the use of inane terms like this writer, the author, one, and we (when we is only you). The same guidance applies to using me. Also see I, me below.
iced tea Iced tea is tea with ice in it. It's not tea made of ice. Add the d to ice and drop in a lemon and perhaps some sugar.
if and when Wordy, contradictory. Simplify. Use one or the other, not both. Use if to express uncertainty that something will happen and when to note that something will happen, the unknown being the time or date.
illegitimate A child of unmarried parents is not illegitimate; do no use that insensitive term. If reference to the child's status is essential, use an expression such as whose parents weren't married, whose mother was not married, or was born to an unmarried teenager.
illegal immigrant Used to describe a person who lives in a country in criminal or civil violation of immigration law. An acceptable variation: living in the country without legal permission. Also commonly used to describe a person who may have entered a country illegally. As with any term implying illegal behavior, avoid using these terms without reliable, official information about a person's true status. Acceptable alternatives: undocumented immigrant, undocumented worker. Unless used in a direct quotation, don't use the dehumanizing terms illegal alien, an illegal, or illegals.