I’m reading a book, “Revising Prose” by Richard A. Lanham, in which he writes about the imbalance of nouns and verbs in the Official Style, a formal language used to sound more professional.
...they all build on the same imbalance: a dominance of nouns and an atrophy of verbs. They enshrine the triumph, worshipped in every bureaucracy, of stasis over action.
The verb "is" takes the stage in the book as a commonly used part of speech, rather than active verbs. Read the following sentence for example:
This sentence is in need of an active verb.
As opposed to the more active:
This sentence needs an active verb.
Similarly, "Killing it" has littered our communication as a lazy cover-all for doing something well. It does have some impact, but the punch is lost with frequent use, so I’ve decided to provide some alternatives.
I’ll stop there, but the list could go on and on.
- Impressive presentation
- Astonishing product
- Beautiful layout
- Breathtaking design
- Magnificent work
- Stunning skills
- Mind-blowing talent
- Marvelous person
- Prodigious speaker
- Remarkable conversation
Compare any of those combinations to "killing it" and you may discover they more accurately express your thoughts.