Eliminate Adverbs. Improve Your Writing.
by Jamison Koehler on March 8, 2015
We all have our pet peeves when it comes to the English language.
I had an English teacher in college who offered a $1 million reward to anyone who could find a single instance in which use of the word “utilization” would be preferable to “use.” As far as I know, this reward is still unpaid.
I had a boss in government who hated the word “address.” To address a problem, he said, is such an imprecise and bureaucratic thing to say. It covers the vast territory between solving a problem and ignoring it.
Someone else I know hates semi-colons. “You have two sentences,” he says. “Get over it already!”
But my favorite quirk comes from my father, who detested adverbs.
Try writing without utilizing any adverbs; you will see how quickly you can address writing problems. Eliminate adverbs. Improve your writing.