Editomat will search for repeated words and highlight them for you. By default, Editomat looks for words of more than five characters that are repeated within twenty words of each other. This reduces the clutter caused by words like "the" or "an" that get used frequently and legitimately.
This paragraph overuses the word "pebble", and also duplicates "handful" and "sifted". It's easy to see with the highlighting. The first occurances are highlighted in red, and the final occurance is highlighted in green.
After reworking the paragraph, we don't have any repetition of major words and the paragraph reads cleaner. However, if you look closely, you'll see that some very insignificant words like "of" and "an" got duplicated adjacent to each other.
This is a common problem when you are reworking your prose. It's easy to type a phrase and repeat the word you thought you'd deleted. These are pernicious because your eye (and the eyes of a dozen beta-readers) can skip over them.
By resetting parameters in the Preferences panel to get all words with one or more characters that appear within 2 words of each other, these get highlighted without getting the clutter from legitimately used "the" or "and".
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That doesn't mean we should use them when we're writing. These words have become meaningless from overuse. They are vague, or they may be as superfluous as the "Umm" that we all say and never write (except sparingly in dialog).
For instance, the word "very" is useless. I can say my character is "angry" or is "very angry". It doesn't change what the reader sees. The reader sees that my character is angry. Even "a little angry" doesn't help the reader. Your character is angry or not.
Other words, like "went" just don't convery as much information as the reader wants.
Saying "Joe went into a room" doesn't tell the reader as much as saying "Joe scrambled through the doorway" or "Joe sidled around the corner".
"That" is overused. It's sometimes necessary, but usually it's just an extra word that slows your reader down.
The weak word analysis highlights the commonest weak words so you can see where your prose needs to be cleaned up. This might be deleting words or finding more descriptive synonyms.
Here's a not-horribly-bad paragraph that's full of weak words:
Some of these words were simply superfluous, some could be replaced with stronger words. The reworked paragraph still has one weak word, but not so many that it's wishy-washy.