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Let go of the lame qualifiers

Great idea for this blog post

I got the idea to resurrect my Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style from Kathryn Magendie. She recently did a post on her “Monday Classroom” series that inspired me to dig out the ole S&W.

I read through The Elements of Style again, and was overloaded with great ideas for blogs.

Qualifying words

These are the pretty little words we tack on too often when we might be somewhat unsure how to qualify a noun or word group.

‘Splain it me

Merriam-Webster says, of “qualifier” – “a word (as an adjective) or word group that limits or modifies the meaning of another word (as a noun) or word group.”

Qualifying words can be lame words or phrases you don’t need.

Here’s a short list

I got this list from About.com

“Very, quite, rather, somewhat, more, most, less, least, too, so, just, enough, indeed, still, almost, fairly, really, pretty, even, a bit, a little, a lot, a good deal, a great deal, kind of, sort of.”

Edit for qualifiers

I won’t tell you to get rid of all qualifiers – certainly not in normal conversation or Facebook posts or blogs. But do an “editing/find” on your manuscript – I’ll bet you could get rid of a great deal of the pretty little qualifiers that you kind of don’t need.

What qualifiers do you tend to overuse?

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