Writing/Precise descriptive, and engaging language

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The advice to avoid certain words like "very," "good," "get," "thing," or "things" in writing is often given to encourage writers to be more precise, descriptive, and engaging in their expression. Here are reasons why these words are often discouraged:

  1. Lack of Specificity:
    • Words like "very" and "good" are general and lack specificity. By replacing them with more precise terms, writers can convey their ideas more vividly. For example, instead of saying "very happy," one might say "ecstatic" or "joyful."
  2. Weak Verbs:
    • "Get" is a generic and often overused verb. Using more specific verbs can strengthen writing and provide a clearer picture of the action. For instance, instead of saying "get the book," one might say "retrieve the book" or "obtain the book."
  3. Vagueness:
    • "Thing" and "things" are vague and nondescript. Using more specific nouns or terms helps convey the writer's intended meaning more precisely. For example, instead of saying "things to consider," one might specify by saying "factors to consider" or "important aspects to ponder."
  4. Redundancy:
    • Overusing certain generic words can lead to redundancy in writing. Avoiding unnecessary repetition contributes to more concise and effective communication.
  5. Elevating Style and Tone:
    • Writing is often more engaging when it incorporates a diverse and rich vocabulary. Avoiding overused or vague words allows writers to elevate their style and tone, making their writing more interesting and compelling.
  6. Encouraging Thoughtful Expression:
    • By avoiding common placeholders like "very" or "thing," writers are encouraged to think more deeply about their ideas and find more precise and nuanced ways to express them.

It's important to note that these guidelines are not absolute rules, and there may be instances where using these words is appropriate. However, the advice is intended to prompt writers to be mindful of their language choices and to strive for clarity, specificity, and creativity in their writing. It encourages a more conscious approach to language that can enhance the overall quality of written communication.