Wednesday, April 28, 2010

A whinge for Wednesday

Am I the only person distracted by the overuse of the word "awesome"?


Everything is 'awesome' apparently...having an awesome day, watching an awesome TV show, trying some awesome new food...BLAH! Surely not everything can be awesome. It can't be 'awesome' that I tried a new recipe or bought a new CD...it can't possibly be awesome that I had a good day at work (but thanks for asking).


And then there is this, undoubtedly one of the worst mis-uses of the word...





It pains me that we have dumbed down so much that we use words seemingly without genuine regard for their real use!


Now, if David Tennant dropped by for a cuppa tea and a lye down THAT would be awesome!





11 comments:

Meggie said...

Holy Moly.

The Sagittarian said...

Meggie - hehe, I know!

Owen said...

Awesome post, Sis !

And what about if JB or Bruce dropped by our hotel under construction ? That would be awesome too, no ?

You are so right though, brainlessness abounds, and is gaining ground, it terrifies me to hear the empty language that gets used in too many situations we encounter. There will be a library with a nice big reading room in our hotel, right ? That would be, like, totally awesome dudes !

Arrrgggghhhhh.... I'm a victim of our times...

Tenon_Saw said...

Somewhere, in a dark secluded room, a small band of verbal terrorists is sticking pins into random pages of a dictionary to see which words they can ruin. They are working one by one.
'Gay' is now right out, 'Wicked' means 'brilliant' (as far as I understand it). Hot, Fit, Cool have all had the same treatment. There must be more; have to go to work so can't stop to think.

rb said...

I don't use "awesome" but the boys do all the time. I am always about 20 years behind so I still find myself saying "cool" which really pisses me off but the word is always out before I can stop it. So embarrassing.

Hope you get your awesome moment with DT!

Oh and I say "fab" - that's a bit naff too, isn't it?

Steve said...

I don't think I've ever used the word awesome in my life. Though the word mundane crosses my lips a depressing amount...

Old Cheeser said...

Regarding David T, well you would say that Amanda, wouldn't you! Or is that your daughter talking!

Am in agreement! Time to consult the thesaurus...

The Sagittarian said...

Owen - you rascal, you! As I was cooking tea for the crotchfruit, they asked what was for tea, so I told them and the Scowly Teen said "awesome" with about as much enthusiasm as a trip to the dentist. I am starting to hate the word.

TS - I think you are right, sadly!

rb - I still use cool too! How cool is that eh?

Steve - I like words that sound what they are describing (like 'splosh') and mundane is one of those words too!

OC - haha, no it's me talking re DT, and we STILL haven't seen the new Dr Who here yet despite a flurry of trailers recently!

louciao said...

"O" for ossom. That is, like, hilarious, man. Is "hilarious" a common deadpan response to a mildly amusing statement in your neck of the woods? It's prevalent in N.America. Saves one the trouble of actually laughing, I guess, thus leaving more time for text-messaging and other awesome activities.

The Sagittarian said...

Louciao-Yeah, we use hilarious (usually followed by the annoying term of "not"...)

A Write Blog said...

It's not just 'awesome' either. Superlatives get more extreme all the time.

Maybe that's why more neutral sounding words make a kind of comeback and appear through a kind of literal back door to replace others like 'awesome' that have become devalued.

Words like 'cool'used as a sort of superlative.

It's part of our moving feast of a language.