Not very, never very – it’s as bad as nice!

45 ways to avoid using the word ‘very’


I came across this article via StumbleUpon – produced by © Amanda Patterson of Wrtiter’s Write.

As someone who constantly reaches for my Thesaurus and Google’s synonym XYZ ‘very’ frequently , it seemed apposite. She started with some great quotes:

Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very;’ your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be. Mark Twain

‘Very’ is the most useless word in the English language and can always come out. More than useless, it is treacherous because it invariably weakens what it is intended to strengthen. Florence King

So avoid using the word ‘very’ because it’s lazy. A man is not very tired, he is exhausted. Don’t use very sad, use morose. Language was invented for one reason, boys – to woo women – and, in that endeavor, laziness will not do. It also won’t do in your essays. N.H. Kleinbaum

Then this reference grid:

I thought it was VERY interesting!

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