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The word amazing is used far too often.

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by pool_shark, Apr 19, 2012.

  1. pool_shark

    pool_shark Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    In almost every thread, there is someone saying, this ROM is amazing, this phone is amazing, battery life is amazing, etc.
    I searched this forum for the word and 8 pages came up.

    I've actually grown to hate the word, and apparently I'm not alone.
    There are many websites and organizations that would love to have it banned.

    Lake Superior State University :: Banished Words List :: Banished Words List

    AMAZING

    Received the most nominations. LSSU was surprised at the number of nominations this year for "amazing" and surprised to find that it hadn't been included on the list in the past. Many nominators mentioned over-use on television when they sent their entries, mentioning "reality" TV, Martha Stewart and Anderson Cooper. It seemed to bother people everywhere, as nominations were sent from around the US and Canada and some from overseas, including Israel, England and Scotland. A Facebook page
     



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  2. brotherswing

    brotherswing Android Expert

    Truly amazing.
     
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  3. DaSchmarotzer

    DaSchmarotzer Blame it on me

    I'm quite surprised: I had no idea some people disliked that word! I think it's nice, I never really noticed it being overused.

    Made me think of this How I Met Your Mother scene. ;)

    How I met your mother - Barney - YouTube
     
  4. Yeahha

    Yeahha Usually off topic

    What amazing word could be used to replace "amazing"? Wouldn't it become amazingly overused as well...are you proposing that people expand their amazing vocabularies and come up with multiple amazing replacements for the word "amazing"? Now if that were to happen I would be amazed....:p

    Yeah I know I am amazingly awesome ;)
     
  5. a-freakin-mazing!
     
  6. breadnatty08

    breadnatty08 pain rustique

  7. pool_shark

    pool_shark Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    Wow, none of you could come up with anything better than saying the word?

    I guess you all read the same book on how not to be original or amusing.

    ~Amazing: the word of choice for people with no imagination

    Okay, here's the deal: I don't hate the word *amazing*, I hate its overuse. Amazing(and amazed) is an insidious word that has worked its way into the American psyche. It isn't insidious for what it means, but for the monopoly it holds over words like terrific, spectacular, glorious, et cetera.

    Now, you might not have noticed it, but the next time you watch TV or listen to a conversation, note how many times you hear *amazing* or *amazed*. It will be the word used more often than not to describe anything fantastic, incredible, or delicious. I don't object to the use of the word, even if it's wasted ("These paperclips are amazing."), but I grit my teeth in frustration when most EVERYONE uses *amazing* to the exclusion of most ALL OTHER SYNONYMOUS WORDS. It's especially annoying to see it popping up in a lot of TV ads. Iknow writing ad copy isn't exactly a brain trust of a job, but you'd think someone out there would have athesaurus. And that's what makes it insidious.
    ~David Hahn
     
  8. Roze

    Roze Hiding behind a mystery

    lol, I just think they just wanted to annoy you. When you tell people you *hate* something. They go out of their ways to do just that to get under your skin.

    I'm never bothered by the word amazing. I use it sporadically. I like the word FANTASTIC! :D
     
  9. Yeahha

    Yeahha Usually off topic

    Woah, radical dude! The issue is words fall in and out of use and overuse then into obscurity...it is just how it is man. You got to stay jive and hip. Right now amazing may be the bag for all the peeps but yo that shiznick won't last forever. Soon amazing will be wack not rad and you will have a new part of diction to hear too much. Now ain't that just awesome?

    I was actually trying to say something with that up there. ;):D
     
  10. NYCHitman1

    NYCHitman1 Gun for Hire

    I like the word.. glorious..

    Fixed that for you :)
     
  11. agentc13

    agentc13 Daleks Über Alles

    Awesome???
     
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  12. ArmageddonX

    ArmageddonX Android Expert

    I feel the same way every time I hear "Awesome"! For instance, my friend might say "This cereal is awesome!"... My instant reaction is "Really? You are in 'awe' of your breakfast?"... LOL! :D

    ~ ArmyX
     
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  13. B2L

    B2L Android Expert

    This thread has made me realize that I say the word "amazing" way too much. I bet out of those 8 pages 50% of them had a post from me.
     
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  14. agentc13

    agentc13 Daleks Über Alles

    Btw, the search will only pull up 200 posts at a time (8 pages), so I bet that there are many more than that.
     
  15. melim

    melim Android Enthusiast


    Dig. :cool:
     
  16. brotherswing

    brotherswing Android Expert

  17. Satires

    Satires Android Expert

    Amazing.....

    Just kidding! (Snorts and giggles)

    We can always suggest new terms to use!

    Awesome!

    Incredible!

    Breath taking!

    Heavastating (A word I invented, the opposite of "Devastating). :D

    The BOMB!

    And finally, a quote I personally invented.

    "As each day passes, time flies faster and faster, and we're hauling ass to our last breath" :D
     
  18. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon
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    Need to introduce you to the many folks that PM'd me that sike isn't a misspelling a psych (yes, it is) and that it was coined in the 90s or 70s (take your pick, it was coined in the 60s) and that I either a) don't seem to understand it's meaning, it's too new for me (uhhhhhhh... ok) or b) don't seem to realize that it was around long before me (uhhhhhhh... thanks?).

    So it's almost as if your saying that terms drop in and out of popularity and I had an example of the confusion about that.

    If so, then I hope it doesn't sike you out that I'm toadly on your wavelength, speaking meteorologically.

    One thing that never goes out of style - and that's style.

    Some cats have it - some don't.

    And that a gas, baby. Stone cold.
     
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  19. Yeahha

    Yeahha Usually off topic

    Early you so fly.

    U B da bee's knees daddio

    Yous a cool cat, makin me look L7 homie

    :D
     
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  20. brotherswing

    brotherswing Android Expert

    A whoopi frood who really knows where his towel is.
     
  21. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon
    VIP Member

    Especially if Pangalactic Gargleblasters are involved!
     
  22. Yeahha

    Yeahha Usually off topic

    I had one...couldn't find my towel...it was like my brain was smashed with a slice of lemon wrapped around a gold brick
     
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  23. brotherswing

    brotherswing Android Expert

    I find that...improbable. :D
     
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  24. Yeahha

    Yeahha Usually off topic

    It was actually amazingly improbable...;)
     
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  25. brotherswing

    brotherswing Android Expert

    Incredible!
     
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