I just wanted a bit.
It just takes a moment.
If he would just hurry up.
It just means…
It would just be setting you up for failure.
My editor suggested that I delete the word ‘just’ as often as I could from my soon-to-be-published novel. A quick search showed me how often I used the word, and how needlessly. Apparently it is a common writing error. I’m tempted to revisit my older titles to see if I’ve overused it in those stories too, but I won’t. It would ‘just’ depress me. (See? I’m still doing it.)
As I work on my novel-in-progress, I’m hyper aware of that niggling adverb. I’m striking it from my writing vocabulary. Just wait and see if you can spot a single j word. (oops)