How to Avoid Using the Word “Very”

Numerous words used in writing are overused or considered cliché. Words like “really” and “literally” have become almost meaningless. “Very” may be the most overused word of all. In a recent email Mary Jaksch, Editor-in-Chief,, wrote:

The word “very.”

It’s arguably one of the most overused words by writers.

When you’re trying to make readers fall in love with your writing, the last thing you want to do is bombard them with lackluster sentences – and the extreme overuse of the word ‘very’ has resulted in it losing all of its impact.

Mark Twain once said… “Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very’; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.”

Not bad advice. And also, as we’ve come to expect from Twain, it’s chuckle-worthy.

This infographic from was recently shared It gives us 128 words to use instead of  “very.”

128 Words To Use Instead Of Very