I love this list from Brian D Buckley – my challenge after the blog tour ends is to use these 28 other words when visiting other people’s blogs and commenting on critiques….
It’s official: “awesome” is dead.
It’s our fault. We killed it. We took a word that literally meant “awe-inspiring” – a word used to describe Mount Everest and the Andromeda Galaxy and God Almighty – and applied it to a YouTube video of a kid failing to swing a stick.
Don’t get me wrong. Words change meaning over time, I’m all for evolution. But “awesome,” in its current state, has the impact of limp ramen on Kevlar. When someone tells me something is awesome, my brain files that something into the category of things that exist, because that’s all they’ve told me about it.
I know – I’m as guilty as anyone else. But as I carried the disease, so shall I deliver the cure.
Let’s give “awesome” a break. As writers (or merely as excellent dudes and ladies) let’s do our duty to the English language. The next…
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