"Actually, you didn't . . ."
"She basically told me . . ."
"Like, I literally can't even . . ."
"Essentially, what you're doing is . . ."
In the examples above, you don't need to know what comes next to know it's a lie.
Actually, basically, literally, essentially, and their adverbial brethren are what I call BADverbs.
AKA, adverbs that lie.
If 1 BTC = 1 BTC, then 1 adverb = 1 lie.
Now, of course not every instance of an adverb is a lie.
Even so, all writing benefits from clarity. From precision. From manipulation-free communication.
So what do you say instead of adverbs?
Let me offer up an example.
Last week, I tweeted 10 things to say instead of "quickly"
Check that thread out below, and free yourself from anti-persuasive, deceit-laden writing:
Literally Joshua Lisec
P.S. You might enjoy my new video on the topics of "badverbs." It's called:
Adverbs, Manipulation, and a New Mode of Being: An Unexpected Theory of Everything
Click the link below to watch.