Avoid the use of qualifiers — rather, very, little, pretty, etc. We like to be safe and very exact, so we often we use these words.
- It was sort of raining
- I was very tired
- He gave her a pretty expensive gift.
These words destroy the power of what we are saying.
- “I was tired.”
- “He gave her an expensive gift.”
Examine what you are writing and see if you can get rid of some qualifiers.
The old joke is:
“We should all try to do a little better, we should all be very watchful of this rule, for it is a rather important one and we are pretty sure to violate it now and then.”