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Just and Only are Bad Words in Health Speak

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Friday, March 01, 2019

Using the words just and only can minimize your intent. “I only ate a soup and salad for lunch.” That may make you hungrier than saying “I ate a soup and salad for lunch.” The second sentence sounds more filling and nutritious.

“I just lost a pound.” Versus “I lost a pound.”
See the minimizing effect? What if you had gained the pound? How upset would you be? Why would you not be as happy to have lost that same pound?

Today I resolve to leave just and only out when I talk about my health.

Beth Donovan
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