Very humorous column - except for the part about puppies. Poor innocent
puppies - why drag them into this?People are always looking for
words to use as descriptors - "cool" "neat-o" "swell"
"sweet" "wicked" "boss" "awesome" - this is
nothing new, and no big deal.If the popular use of "awesome"
prohibits you from using it to convey your meaning, find a new word - there are
many to choose from including, but not limited to, astonishing, awe-inspiring,
beautiful, breathtaking, grand, imposing, impressive, magnificent, majestic,
moving, striking, stunning, stupefying, terrible, terrifying, wonderful, and
wondrous. Or do what all the initial authors of those words did and create your
own word. If you use it often enough, and it is catchy enough, it will enter
the lexicon and in a hundred years or so, its meaning can be likewise
perverted.Expecting "awesome" to be put back into its box is
like expecting people to stop using "car" and going back to
"automobile" - the chance of that is somewhere south of "between
slim and none."And if we are going to address misused words, can
we first start with something really annoying like "pacific"
("specific") or "axed" ("asked")? ;)
There are lots of overused words in the lexicon. Awesome is one. Extreme is
another. Every outdoor sport is now extreme, and lots of indoor ones. Ultimate
shares the same problem. Ultimate suggests none can or will be better, and the
things or situations often referred to as ultimate fail to live up to the
billing. Another one is outrage. Everyone it seems is either in a state of, or
wants me to be in a state of outrage. Rage. Which I must display. Sorry,
I'm just not that mad about a lot of things. I get to survive another day
that way. The language today is like a consumer good. Wasted. Overused.
Throwaway. Inconsequential. As for me, few things inspire me on any given day to
awe; when they do it's special for me. I guess you could say it's
There are a lot of words to describe things, but when I think of myself, or how
others think of me, I'd per-fur the word righteous. It is a law abiding
Wow, Hutterite. Usually you are short and to the point. Today, verbose beyond
words. Extremely awesome!
Ned, this one is close to my heart. And I can be verbose, especially in emails.
I wrote that one at work, where I often tend to obfuscate my communication.
"Awesome" is today's equivalent of "groovy" in the 60s. In
the 50s it was "cool." In the 1940s it was "solid." In the 20s
it was "swell." Bluenoses objected to them all. Fortunately, these
Did we just get transported back to the 80s? I, quite frankly, don't hear
the word awesome used very frequently in modern conversations. If you want to
talk about an overused word, try EPIC.
... or Really???