The Thing Is…

The thing truth is…I don’t like the word thing. 

I kind of hate it actually.

So commonly used that it has lost meaning, it is an ambiguous, unclear, and weak thing parasite clinging to and seeping life from a potentially robust sentence.

Yet we use it habitually, often without realizing it, inserting the word as a sort of default filler or back-hand wave to a greater effort.

Instead of falling into the ranks of boredom like so many writers do, try avoiding the use of the word altogetherThink of something a dictionary-dweller more specific to what you are trying to communicate, and take the opportunity to get creative. Since thing is such a broad and meaningless word, narrow down what you are referring to, and strengthen your piece with detail.

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