Awe Gone

"... is awesome" in its awfulness

Posted by Howard Nelson at October 23, 2016 1:07 PM

I got through adolescence with groovy and hip. My six kids got through adolescence ('66 -80) with fab, cool, numero uno, out-o'-sight, radical, rad, and probably others I can't recall. I guess by now the youngsters have run out of new words and are having to make them up out of whole cloth.

Posted by BillH at October 23, 2016 1:30 PM

There is a German word that has not been corrupted: the word 'ausgeseichnet'. It means the best, most highest compliment anything can have. The highest superlative. It's what awesome used to be. When I'm standing on a peak somewhere admiring God's majesty, that's the word I use. Not awesome. It's been sabotaged by the youth.

Posted by SoCalMike at October 23, 2016 1:42 PM

Cutting loose from the 'cruit that collapsed my canopy was awesome.

But yeah, everything is awesome now a days and therefore nothing is. Most everything is still ordinary like it always was.

"Absolutely" is another word that is way over used.

One of these days I'm just gonna haul off and Chasmatic somebody for being retarded.

Posted by ghostsniper at October 23, 2016 5:44 PM

I resurrected "groovy" some time back.Gives away my age.I also like "marvelous".

Posted by Snakepit Kansas at October 24, 2016 4:35 AM

Why is it that if you have some awe, you are awesome, but if you are full of awe, you are awful?

Posted by Hangtown Bob at October 24, 2016 7:10 AM

Your essay up to the part:

the shining instant of "Ah ha, so that's what it's all about."

Moved me.

Posted by Jayne at October 24, 2016 7:40 AM

I received the double whammy recently. In a restaurant I asked the waiter if I may have a glass of water. He replied, "Awesome." When he returned with the requested water I said, "Thank you" and he replied, "No problem."

Posted by Tom Hyland at October 24, 2016 9:18 PM

There was probably an awesome moment when, collectively, awesome replaced love for those people who had love for everything and everyone, except of course for those people they didn't love at all.

I am in awe of that lovely moment.

Posted by watcher at October 25, 2016 1:05 AM