not very good

In an article on camera phones in this month's Atlantic Monthly, James Fallows—whose resume is as impressive as they come—writes,

On many, the resolution is not very good.

I often hear this phrase—"not very good"—in conversation, but in written form there's no excuse for it. It's both prolix and nondescript.

Why not say "inferior" or "poor"? Better yet, go for specifics rather than generalities: e.g., "grainy" or "fuzzy."

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