Recently I was having a conversation with a woman I had met and in our conversation she mentioned she has omitted the word just from her vocabulary.

This was mentioned in the context of a wonderful conversation we were having about a number of subjects, and she picked up on one particular statement I made with just in it… Actually, it was about this website and blog.  She was asking me about Sixty Something Now and I said “Well, right now, it’s just a blog, but eventually it will be more than that.

She pointed out that she became aware a while back that when we use the word just in our sentence, we diminish the importance of what we are talking about.  The exact way she worded it made total sense to me and she also said that if we listen to people’s conversations, we will notice that women will use this word more than men.  Hmmm!  Interesting.

So, what do you think?  Is this a word you use without realizing how often you say it.  And think about what it means when you use it in a sentence… “Oh, it’s just an old scarf that I’ve had for years”… “I just don’t know why he doesn’t get it”…  Just do it!

You may or may not agree and that’s up to you, but perhaps now you will be aware of how often you say it and think about it’s meaning in the context of what you have said.

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