Style and Grammar

Words to Throw Away, by Yanwar & Morris

Amanda Pradhani Yanwar and John Morris

School of Industrial Education and Technology,King Mongkut”s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang,Bangkok 10520, Thailand

Corresponding author: APY 0000-0001-7162-1339; JM 0000-0003-0539-1189

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