Our newest contributor, Ryan, and I have been talking about the way too many modifiers (adjectives and adverbs) can spoil the soup. In fact, isn't that an old adage? Too many adverbs spoil the soup.
(Adverbs are the worst). I think I heard that expression somewhere.
Anyway, Strunk and White said it, Stephen King agrees, and I am citing those authorities here:
Use modifiers sparingly, because they INHERENTLY violate that writing rule "show, don't tell."
Here are some cool examples:"There was a God somewhere watching over us" -an experience that changed your life.University of Florida: The Person Who I Hate(d) the Most (Mr. H)
BOTTOM LINE: Adjectives can be bad if overused, and adverbs are almost always bad! If anyone can show me a sentence with an adverb that would not be better off without the adverb, I'll give you a virtual five bucks. (note the word "virtual." That means it is only in my mind that I give you five bucks.)