Kind of and Rather or Somewhat - Mixed messages and misused words from A to Z
Is it OK to say something is kind of true? How about sort of accurate? Not really, at least in good writing. It’s better to choose rather or somewhat.
This is one of those cases in which slang has crept into daily usage. It’s one thing to use kind of or sort of, meaning rather or somewhat, in storytelling, dialogue, and scriptwriting. In such cases, the word choices add to characterization of the speakers.
It’s even permissible in poetry or songwriting, where writers may deliberately break rules for creative effect.
But pros won’t do it in prose. It would be rather wrong and somewhat sloppy. And don’t even ask about kinda or sorta.
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