Just is just a word, right? I think there is more to the little word than dictionaries explain. People sprinkle it throughout their speech with abandon. The standard definition is that “just” can be either an adjective or an adverb. In my opinion, it has become a connecting word that has nothing to do with a topic of conversation. I began to listen to folks talking, wanting to have a good example to examine.

Forgive the capitals, but I found a quote in the newspaper* that shows what I’m talking about.

 “I’m still scared to death, but it was JUST time to do this,” he said. “We JUST found this awesome little space that fit our needs, and it’s JUST been coming together ever since….”

The reporter would not have included the “ums” or “ahs” of the interview. However, four-letter “just” has lots more clout, not easily dismissed. The first time I mentioned this connecting phenomenon to my husband, I used the word twice in the next sentence. Golly! I’d been infected without knowing it! I need a speech filter immediately, and it’s not sold on Amazon!

 *Byrd, Caitlin. “Asheville clothing store MTN Merch to open.” Asheville Citizen-Times June 10, 2015

2 thoughts on “Just????

  1. Back when I was at high school, a math teacher stopped his class to address two girls for carrying on a conversation while he was trying to talk. One of the girls started “I was just asking her for…” Well, that was enough to set him off on a rant. “Just!? Just!? Do you know what just means? There is nothing just about disrupting class.” Personally, I think he went just a little overboard and he was just confusing one just with another just. Your post brought this strange little memory back. I’m enjoying reading your blog, it’s very evocative.


    1. LOL! What a memory! That must have been a pet peeve for the teacher to be so rude. I’m impressed that you remembered the incident. Perhaps many of us have over used the word. I was shocked to hear it pour out of my mouth. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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