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.”


12 responses to “Qualifiers

      • I assume you’re talking about moms? Or is it women’s stuff, in general? Either way, your opinion is valid. Enough, already.

      • Sorry I wasn’t clear. Religion. I see you have an interest there, Often I see weak statements and I think people want strong, clear statements.

      • Sorry I didn’t understand before but I don’t generally write about religion. You are right. I apologized all over the place. Timid. Blah.

      • Anyway, it made me think about the Bible itself. The language seems direct and clear. “Come to me, you who are heavily burdened and I will give you rest.” Like that. Not sure where it is. “The kingdom of God is within you.” direct

  1. Found your blog because I read a post on another blog where the person weakened her thoughts with “kind of,” “sort of,” “really,” and the like. It’s frustrating. People are afraid to own their thoughts and have opinions.

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