Three Mis-used and Over-used Words That Ought to be Dis-used ASAP. So Rants I.

Yes, it has finally gotten to the point where I can no longer refrain from have a jolly good rant about three words that have been abused so thoroughly by the writers of television programs, movies and by the social media addict generation.  I can’t wait to no longer hear: Amazing, Awesome and Complicated—as in the utterly useless, evasive phrase, “It’s complicated.” never ever uttered again.

You’ve heard them all. I know you have because they’re impossible to avoid these days no matter if you’re in a coffee-shop, the grocery store or the hardware store.

Amazing implies a fair degree of wonder and surprise.  How many ways can people or things be called amazing? Really? What ever happened to you look very lovely or very handsome? That’s a beautiful dress or a very flattering suit–but I’m not astonished at your appearance. Nope, I’m not, sorry.

Awesome, hmmm, I guess this word conveys open-mouth, drop dead AWE and Shock of that inspiring AWE that has pulled the rug out from under our flat feet. My meddlesome mind associates Awe–some or a little of it–with truly above ordinary events and things. Dresses, food, shoes, hairdos, cars are far too mundane things to be imbued with real awe. Who wants to talk Nuclear Bombs? Hmm? Now those are fully awe inspiring in many ways—from their power of destruction to views of the aftermath of their deployment.

It’s Complicated–wtf? Is this or is this not the most banal evasive phrase ever uttered in response to any inquiry about human behavior?

“Why did you cheat on your significant other?”

“It’s Complicated.

I bet it is: pheromones and hormones influence humans in very complex ways. Don’t you just adore your nose? The Complicated things it tells your brain are Amazing and Awesome beyond compare.

Language, it’s Complicated.

Or are people simply too damn lazy to go beyond using stock phrases?

For the hell of it:

*

And then there’s :

It’s terribly complicated, dreadfully awesome and downright utterly amazing.

Heavy sigh.

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10 Comments

  1. October 4, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Language is a field full of flowers of speech 🙂

    • October 5, 2014 at 1:58 am

      Hmmm, shouldn’t everything smell better? Where are those daises? 🙂 Hello, Labellestudio.

  2. slpmartin said,

    October 4, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    You left off you list “Whatever”….talk about words to avoid. 🙂

    • October 5, 2014 at 1:57 am

      Damn it! You’re right, Charles. How could I have missed ‘whatever’?
      Jeezzz, louise! LOL.
      Whatever –the word catchall for everything and nothing. Yep, another language criminal for sure.
      Thanks for picking up my slack. 🙂

  3. Lisa said,

    October 4, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Hahaha! I’m laughing at myself not you. I use 2/3 of those words. I fully see your point of view, it is noted and I accept the referendum. This is what I mean about you being awe…so…me… 😉 ♡ ♡ ♡

    • October 5, 2014 at 1:59 am

      OOOO now I’m wondering which of those three you do use with gleeful impunity, Lisa. 🙂
      Do your girls have such favorites in their daily speech patterns? Does Johnny? Hmmm?
      Thanks for laughing.

      • Lisa said,

        October 5, 2014 at 1:51 pm

        Awesome and amazing 😉 LOL! Well, thanks. I was all like, “time for punishment? ” 🙂

        The kids are northern/southern hybrids. They say, “y’all guys.” The words idiot and moron fly around way too much between them.

        Emma says, OMG! In pure teenager style… alot. <—- another bad word. She also says, "What are you, two?"

        Johnny keeps it pretty hopping with his vocabulary. I think his most common words are yeah and hmm. Which sounds like huh, but he means hmmm. The delightful thing about hanging out with Johnny is the surprise words he busts out with out of no where. 🙂

      • October 7, 2014 at 12:57 am

        Sounds like a very lively household where everyone keeps each other on their toes. You’re very lucky, Lisa.

  4. October 14, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    Who gives a f–k! That’s my pet peeve over used word. “F” this and “F” that and “F” you too! There’s no shock and awe in the word anymore and doesn’t make the person using it seem anymore cool or intelligent.

    • October 17, 2014 at 5:47 am

      Yes, I recall a time when saying f-k was a real conversation stopper–or starter. It’s so overused it’s bland. Hi. 🙂


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