You've heard me harp about not using the word "said" as a dialog tag but use action to show who is talking. Today I want to address a new tag that very many people use very often.
The last sentence of my opening paragraph could be easily re-written as "Today I want to address a new tag that several people use too often."
I'm sure you've all seen the movie "Summer School" starring Mark Harmon. Do you remember the scene where Francis "Chainsaw" Gremp and Dave Frazier do their joint class report on "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and need 100 words? For those who don't know, the report was something like "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is our favorite movie because it is very, very, very … very, very good. Thank you. One hundred words, Mr. Shoop. Count'em."
Writers tend to use shortcuts when writing their first pass and then, ignore the possibility of a better word to punch their writing when editing, to wit:
But, wait! There is one "very" that raises my hackles to no end. What could it possibly be? It is what I call the epitome of very overuse.
Using Dictionary.com, the resultant description of "unique" is:
When writing, eliminate the word "very" from your vocabulary or, use it sparingly.