Very Subjective

‘”Very” is the most useless word in the English language and can always come out. More than useless, it is treacherous because it invariably weakens what it is intended to strengthen.”

–Florence King

“But this is how Paris was in the early days when we were very poor and very happy.”

— Ernest Hemingway, “A Moveable Feast”


Did You Know?

The Japanese language does not include swear words.

‘Perhaps profanity’s ascendancy will eventually bore people into finding new and more interesting ways to express themselves. For now, however, anyone hoping to escape the triumph of what was once called “gutter talk” should either lance hie eardrums or consider relocating to Japan.’

— “Salty Oaths and Bloody Words” by Dave Shiflett, WSJ, Books, Sat/Sun, Sept 17–18, 2016