Tuesday, March 15, 2011

An EPIC Post

I believe that there is great power in words. String them together correctly and you can evoke any number of raw emotions. Put them in the wrong hands though (sometimes mine) and they can be abused and blatantly overused. There are 3 words in particular that folks, especially on the internet, love to bandy about. I confess to being guilty of one, but am driven crazy by the other two.....here goes.

: expressive of awe <awesome tribute>
a : inspiring awe <an awesome task> b : terrific, extraordinary <had an awesome time>
I have, on more than one occasion, heard this word pass my lips when it really shouldn't have. Seeing a movie, or hearing an album that made your jaw drop is awesome, using it to describe your best friend Dave's new, urine yellow t-shirt is just wrong.

a : a single strongly marked capacity or aptitude <had a genius for getting along with boys — Mary Ross> b : extraordinary intellectual power especially as manifested in creative activity c : a person endowed with transcendent mental superiority; especially : a person with a very high IQ 

It's amazing to me how often this tag is thrown around today. Everyone from clothes designers, to musicians to authors are being labelled as geniuses. Shouldn't that really be saved for someone who develops a groundbreaking vaccine, or writes an entire symphony at the age of 5?  I don't really think anyone is going to mistake Eminem for Einstein anytime soon.

: of, relating to, or having the characteristics of an epic <an epic poem>
a : extending beyond the usual or ordinary especially in size or scope <his genius was epicTimes Literary Supplement>

Quite simply the most commonly overused word on Facebook and Twitter right now. Back in my younger days, going for a couple of pints with the lads was a nice night out, now it has reached epic proportions for the twentysomething set. I wonder what has changed inside pub doors that has caused such a dramatic rise in awesomeness (oops!!). And just to make my argument, look at the sentence example used in the definition...."his genius was epic"....wonder if they are talking about Einstein or Eminem.


jh said...

Could not agree with you more...especially on the Genius term....it bugs the Hell out of me to call some Snot nosed kid at an Apple Store.....genius...

I think not

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