I’m not the right person to make this complaint, considering how prolix my blog entries are, how hastily overwritten they can be. (I’m thinking of bringing a few of my entries into a class to show how an edit can make analytic prose sharper and shorter.)
However, after finishing some grading on papers this week, I think that I should assign an analytic essay where all adjectives and adverbs are banned from use. This is the #1 place where students who are almost good analytic writers get into trouble. Either they use a word that is almost the right one but not quite, just enough off the mark enough to be annoying, or they use an intensifier that is way out of proportion to the claim being made.
The thing that depresses me is that a decent amount of scholarly prose in the humanities has the same issues, most especially the misuse of disproportionate intensifiers.