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Saturday, April 11, 2015

J is for Just


Is it foolish to defend a word?

I keep seeing articles about how the word just is nonsense and we shouldn't use it when writing.
What about....

Just a minute...?
Just because...?
Just between you and me...?
Just the two of us...?
Just for Men?
Just  you wait, Henry Higgins, just you wait?
Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down...?
and

“Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!”
or for those of you watching and following The Voice:

Christina Aguilera & Blake Shelton
 Just A Fool 

Just keep those home fires burning! 
Some people are taking this word 
straight to the bank!

13 comments:

  1. I get so tired of hearing about what words we shouldn't be using. There was a time that list was limited to profanity. Now, you can never be so sure. If the word feels right to you, use it!

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  2. For some odd reason, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun intruded on my dreams last night- but it was a feature length film directed by Cyndi Lauper, not just a video.

    I really shouldn't have eaten that pizza.

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  3. Christina has a phenomenal voice! It's hard to believe she was once n the level of Brittney Spears. Just saying.

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  4. I just love the word just. I will continue to use it just because!

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  5. Just wanted you to know how much I enjoyed this post !

    cheers, parsnip

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  6. I remember my first MS I deleted over 100 uses of the word just.

    Stephen Tremp
    A to Z Cohost
    Twitter: @Stephen Tremp

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  7. Just is one of those words I overuse a lot. Now you gave me an excuse to do so!

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  8. I kind of like the word "just". I hope writers don't stop using it :)

    thanks for visiting my blog; I used to live in Murrieta California, hop and skip from Temecula (but I don't remember what the newspaper was called there; we got it for a bit). We lived there for just about 3 years May 2008 to January 2011.

    betty

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  9. I write for kids and words like just, really, and very give the story that childlike tone. Writers in this age group also use the word super a lot...mostly because kids today wear that word out!

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  10. Yeah, they say never use just in writing, but sometimes it can't be helped.

    I lived in Escondido for twenty five years. I know right where you are and have been to Temecula a few times.

    Sunni
    http://sunni-survivinglife.blogspot.com/

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  11. There are lots of words I use too much, and some that could do with being cropped most of the time. But sometimes they really matter.

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    1. I agree that too much of anything can be dangerous! LOL

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  12. Every time I turn around, there's a new don't use list of words. I say we write from our hearts, and if 'just' is part of that, well then, that's just the way it is.

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