Posts Tagged ‘diminishing language’


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?