Like, this is going to be an awesome post. Really! Maybe even totally awesome
One of my pet peeves is the over-use of “awesome”. I will be tempted to punch the next waiter or waitress who tells me that my order for an everyday salad and a mundane diet cola is awesome. It is nothing of the sort.
If everything is awesome, nothing is awesome.
Some other linguistic pet peeves:
- “You know”
- “Just saying” (What exactly is this supposed to mean? That the spiteful, malicious thing you just said is excused if you say “just sayin’?” I don’t understand.)
- “I/he/she was like . . .” (This one is really inane. Have people forgotten how to say “then she said”?)
- Exaggeration in general. If not awesome, we can always use unbelievable, amazing, astounding, . . .
Wait, I’ve thought of another language pet peeve: “flawed” or “fundamentally flawed”. If you want to criticize a study or report or article, you simply call it fundamentally flawed. It doesn’t matter whether or not you’ve read it. An all-purpose critique that fits all situations. Cool!
A good word: “Cool” It is concise. It can be used without hyperbole or exaggeration. Although used frequently, it doesn’t suffer from overuse. Slang doesn’t have to be awful.