Tuesday, June 26, 2007
That's terrifically awesome!
When did the word "awesome" come to mean marvelous or wonderful or great? According to my Webster's, it's root, awe means mixed feelings of reverence, fear and wonder; therefore, awesome would describe something that inspires those feelings. I've heard everything from shoes to pudding described as "awesome." To me the only truly awesome things are nature, God, mother's instinct and a very few other extraordinary things. Terrific is another misappropriated word. The word is based on terror, for Pete's sake! What's wrong with cool, keen, neat, or rad? Seems like this generation likes to use more syllables than mine did. Is this a good thing? ; >}