Why Not to Modify "Absolutes"
Tip 2: Don’t modify absolutes with qualifiers:
Another angle on logic: Nothing can be more unique than unique, more blank than blank, less pure than pure. But qualifiers try: really unique, completely blank, somewhat pure. When we modify absolutes with qualifiers, we destroy their meaning.
Tip 3: Other modifiers are okay:
Other modifiers might correctly express a point just short of the absolute: Although we may not correctly make a vote more unanimous than unanimous, e.g., truly unanimous, we may describe a vote as nearly unanimous (only one nay).
Use absolutes as they are intended to be used: as self-contained, confident words, unhindered by comparisons, unadorned with qualifiers.