I just put an ad on Craigslist and someone phoned about an item I have for sale.  The caller made an appointment to come and see my furniture, to which he responded, “Awesome!”

This got me to thinking.  Call me a curmudgeon, but coming to an agreement about a time and day to meet is hardly deserving of “awesome.”  By using a word that defines wow – – when an  experience or person or thing reaches to your inner being with a depth that shakes your very soul or puts in you the fear of G-d – – as an everyday expression, it not only diminishes that word and its meaning; it leaves the truly awesome moments sans mot.

“Awesome” gets my vote as the most overused and abused word in the English language.

Readers, what mis- and over-used word gets your goat?

3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by harriet on March 18, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    Amazing! All the ladies speak about other ladies (often, young girls) as Amazing!


  2. Posted by rachel on March 19, 2015 at 12:18 am

    curmudgeon ! it is awesome when people can reach agreement easily and conveniently! it’s a miracle. and please Hashem, we’ll have more!!


  3. Posted by m. f. on March 19, 2015 at 10:57 pm

    the stupid, gratuitous over and mis-use of “no problem” when a simple “sure, fine, you’re welcome” would do and be more accurate. People who use this expression think they are being super-agreeable, etc. etc. — I often just want to say, “problem? who was talking about a problem?” (I saw this silly phenomenon written about somewhere so know i’m not alone in having this expression annoy me in its inaccuracy) (and they say it over and over again in t he same conversation sometimes……..) (well, got that off my chest!)
    mf la


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