Rick's List: Awesome edition

Rick Koster offers weekly lists of ideas, notions and things that must be seen to be believed.

This is one of the most volatile and complex periods in global history. As such, I think it's time to focus on a hugely important issue: the need for an immediate moratorium on the use of the word "awesome." Yes, it's a splendid sounding adjective, and rolls fluidly and joyfully off the tongue when expressing enthusiastic approval.

Or it used to be. Alas, chronic overuse of "awesome" has rendered it meaningless. Here are three uses of the word "awesome" I've experienced in the past few days. You tell me if any of these deserves a response of "awesome."

• Yes, I had "anything smaller" than a $20 bill at Taco Bell. That I did was "awesome."

• After briefly describing Shelby Foote's three-volume history of the Civil War to a friend of a friend's son, the kid said, looking sleepy, "That book (sic) sounds really awesome."

• An ant recently crawled across our front porch. It was awesome.


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