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
We’ve all got words that we used more than we should, and I bet if we were to make a list, “very” would make it to the top five – not to mention other words that can be ruthlessly cut out from every article we write – words that may add to the length but not to the substance.
Are you aware of those words? Do you know if you’re using them unnecessarily, thereby making your writing weak?
Here’s a quick look at the most common words or phrases to eliminate from your writing. Thanks to Global English Editing for the infographic summing these words up, complete with concise explanations.
What words do you use often?
You’ll also want to read “Common Crutch Words. What’s Yours?“