Word Snooper Poll: What should replace “awesome”?

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6 Responses to Word Snooper Poll: What should replace “awesome”?

  1. “Trite” comes from a Latin word meaning ‘worn down’: http://wordsnooper.com/2010/12/09/trite-contrite/

  2. If i want to leave a favorable comment about someone’s post, I avoid words like awesome, incredible, stunning, amazing, etc., and offer a straightforward statement of what I like. One blogger, in response to a comment of that type, wrote: “I like meaningful comments like that,” as if it were a rare thing. I’m afraid that increasing numbers of people have been so “twitterfied” that they can’t offer much more than a one- or two-word comment and a string of exclamation marks.

  3. Being specific about what you like is commendable, but how do you express pleasure at hearing someone’s good news, like “I’m cancer free,” “We’re engaged,” or “I was just admitted to my favorite college and awarded a big scholarship”? “Congratulations. I’m very happy for you,” seems a bit tepid.

    • You raise a good point. I wasn’t thinking about situations like the dramatic ones you mention, which warrant some whooping-it-up, but rather about comments left more routinely on blogs. I’m concerned about “comment creep,” where words like the ones I mentioned abound, and where an exclamation mark is the new period.

  4. You also make a valid point. As L.A. Times columnist and KPCC commentator Patt Morrison said to a clerk, “The Grand Canyon is awesome. Having the correct change is not awesome.”

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