What is it about the word “AWESOME” that I find so irritating?
It’s now widely used as a general term of approbation much as “super” was used back in the 1950’s – anyone out there remember the 50’s? I thought not.
What annoys me is that AWESOME has a real usage – at least for me – and it doesn’t mean something is OK or quite acceptable. A volcano or a tsunami, the Taj Mahal by moonlight, any of the seven wonders of the world might legitimately be described as awesome; a home-made cake or a post on my blog can not by any stretch of the imagination be so termed.
So when I see that someone thinks my witterings on a blog are “awesome”, I think the person who says this is either a) a trying to flatter me b) trying to sell me something or c) seriously deficient in their use and knowledge of the English Language.
I realise that the DailyPost keeps using the term to describe blogposts. Is this just to encourage novice bloggers? It is like a teacher telling a pupil his work is “excellent” when it is really rather mediocre but she wants to boost his confidence and encourage him to improve.
(By the way my use of “she” for the teacher and “he” for the pupil is deliberate. I know about inclusive language use and s/he but I still prefer to use what is known as the “generic he” to include she. Anyway a small child learning to write and needing encouragement is more likely to be a boy and a person teaching such a pupil is more likely to be a woman than a man.)
If I had access to the necessary pictures and knew how to insert them I’d make this post much better by showing something really awesome – like the tidal waves battering the coast of Britain at the moment.
Now this is what I mean by AWESOME