Professor Keating: “Avoid using the word ‘very’ because it’s lazy.”

Robin Williams as Professor Keating in the film Dead Poets Society: “So avoid using the word ‘very’ because it’s lazy. A man is not very tired, he is exhausted. Don’t use very sad, use morose. Language was invented for one reason, boys – to woo women – and, in that endeavor, laziness will not do. It also won’t do in your essays.”

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Professor Keating: “Avoid using the word ‘very’ because it’s lazy. Sources: Weir, Peter. Dead Poets Society. Buena Vista Pictures Distribution, 1989.