To remove nail polish I have found nothing does a better job than real acetone.
I tried the non- acetone polish removers – and spent five to six minutes rubbing and rubbing as the safe, natural product gradually and rather ineffectively removed my nail polish. After about two nails, I had it and pulled out the real stuff which took care of the project in record time.
This is the same in writing. Don’t rub and rub at a subject or problem with non- acetone words. Don’t try to cloak the meaning, or dance around a subject in an effort to be nice, accommodating or politically correct. Just pull out those hard words: effective but potent and say what you mean, describe what you see, explain what you remember.
Those 100% acetone words can be scary and even toxic, and they should probably come with a warning sticker (for instance, some are inflammatory . But they are potent a reason. These words will drive to the heart of your work faster and with more certainty than a weak pleasing, committee approved word. You take a risk of course, but the writing will end up stronger and get the job done.