Being a writer, I obviously pick up and hold onto things harder than I should sometimes. It so happened that I read this quote by Mark Twain:

“Substitute "damn" every time you're inclined to write "very;" your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.”

And while it’s been "damn" useful while writing, I find that I’ve become conscious of it in every day speech as well. Note to self: “Very” is usually much more appropriate in speech than “Damn.”