“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.” – Robin Williams, Dead Poets Society (1989)
If you are a writer, this may mean less word count. But don’t worry, quality is over quantity. They say only amateurs use the word ‘very’. (
I think I’m still an amateur. Does that give me the green light to use it still? Fine.)
However, you can still use the word to express a certain character’s lack of literacy or vocabulary knowledge.
Below is an info-graphic of some words to use in place of adding ‘VERY’.
Do you have something else to add? Please comment below. Let’s help one another improve our writing! Thanks! ♥