CREATIVITY FIRST : Adding the word seriously

SERIOUSLY YOU ARE GREAT: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark:

How much difference does adding seriously make to the statement?

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It doesn’t really make that much of a difference as I see it used frequently as more of a filler word that people use to try to add emphasis to their statement. I know I like to use the word “essentially” in the same manner when explaining something to somebody. The only time I can think of using “seriously” in this way as beneficial is if somebody doesn’t believe you the first time.
For example:
“You’re great, you know that?”
“No I’m not.”
“No seriously, you’re great!”

We as humans tend to want to fill a gap of emphasis with a word like seriously, essentially, literally, etc. However, most of the time there’s no need to, as the sentence can stand on its own the way it is.

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