A SNARKY ASSESSMENT OF OUR LANGUAGE SKILLS! CAN WE NOT SAY “AMAZING & AWESOME” ANYMORE?
I was looking at reviews for Paris restaurants on TripAdvisor when all of a sudden, I snapped! It has been building for a long time and now, I have had it. No more Mr. Nice Guy! Just about every Paris eatery had reviews with something like “the asparagus was amazing” or “the waiter was totally awesome because he brought extra bread to the table.” Huh? I like asparagus as much as the next person but it’s hard to believe that anything that can be done to it will make it amazing. Maybe the better word would have been ‘delicious’? Maybe the plant was growing out of the wood table? Now that would be amazing.
These two words are ubiquitous. They are everywhere. Everyone speaks them so frequently that it couldn’t possibly be amazing. A much overused word really should only describe that which deserves it. There are only a handful of people in the world that truly deserve to use this word in respect to themselves, but none of them would. This is part of why they deserve this description. Amazing used to mean something astonishing and wonderful. It’s now an overused generic term for just about anything, an adjective which holds no meaning anymore.
Did you see that? It was amazing.
What the hell is wrong with most people? Have we descended into verbal imbeciles? Does anyone hear themselves or do we NOT hear these words used by others incessantly? Am I the only person to hear the ever-present words Amazing and Awesome used by nearly every English speaker?
So, what’s the deal with these common words? As a child, my parents corrected me when I said something that was not correct. My use of words was important. Eloquence is attainable. I put words together to convey messages and thoughts. Now, it is fashionable to use these two words instead of creative thought. For those who can’t think of anything else to use in these situations, I have a few substitutes:
Now, that wasn’t so hard. These two words have permeated our society with little sense to their use. Car dealers use them.
Religious fanatics use them.
Our president uses them and makes a fool of himself in the process.
“You people are doing an amazing job,” four people in the room recalled Trump saying. Two of them said Trump repeated the complimentary refrain three times. They all said the comments raised eyebrows, and it was discussed afterward even as others just said it was Trump being Trump.
It was “very insensitive,” one of the college presidents said, but added that while the phrase irked him and his colleagues, it also struck him as “very Trump-ish.”
Another repeat of Mr Trump’s lack of verbal skills showed his ignorance.
“Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who’s doing an amazing job and is being recognized more and more, I notice,” Trump said.
Douglass was a 19th-century African-American abolitionist, writer and orator who died in 1895.
It appears ignorance and 3rd grade grammar skills don’t fall far from the tree!
Eric Trump on Donald Trump: My father has done an “amazing service.”
Now we have an “Amazing.com” website that starts out, BE AMAZING — Build a successful business on Amazon! I was looking online and saw this:
Amazing quotes, most amazing quotes, your amazing quotes, amazing quotes about life, amazing quotes about love, amazing quotes to live by, amazing quotes from songs, his amazing quotes, amazing quotes and sayings, amazing sports quotes!
We are indoctrinating our children!
Where does this end? Can we listen to others and educate them? Probably not. We are not likely to tell others that their continuous use of these two words is annoying and severely irritating. If you use these frequently in conversation, written or spoken, that is not awesome. Do yourself a favor and consider speaking without demonstrating a lack of language skills. That would be amazing. These two words should be banned from the English language!