Communication Tip #75
“Really” does not mean “very.” They are not synonyms. “Really” means actually, truly or indeed. If you say, “The movie was really good.” You are saying, “The movie was actually good.”
Now…back to the word “very.” I recommend my clients not use it. “Very” allows the speaker/writer to mentally coast by selecting a favorite stand-by adjective and bolstering it with “very.”
The movie was more than very good. It might have been intriguing, or spell-binding, cathartic, suspenseful, mesmerizing, life-changing, etc.
Listeners/readers will appreciate the effort and results of this more precise communication.
They really will.