A month ago I wrote about the word “just” and how it is overused in everyday speech. There was a quote that included three of them, and today I found another.
“I JUST feel like this woman was denied access to a library and a book,” Burlingame said. “I JUST wanted the opportunity to rectify that, not JUST for her but for us as the library system.”*
I don’t know why my eyes snag on that word. My ears are beginning to protest, too. People who scan this tend to be readers, so I challenge you to find a quote that includes more than three “just” words in a single quote or paragraph. Please justify my concern, or I will have to adjust my thinking.
*Nagem, Sarah. “After 73 years, woman gets library card.” Asheville Citizen-Times July 11, 2015