I have noticed, especially since I started working here in NZ, just how often the word awesome is used to describe something which really is not awesome at all.
The dictionary definition for the word “awesome” is as follows:
“Extremely impressive or daunting; inspiring awe.”
It is important to note at this point that the British are a generally under-enthusing bunch whereas the Kiwis are outwardly quite positive so my view is coloured by cynicism…but when you are told on a regular basis that something really basic is awesome you start to feel like either someone is taking the proverbial or their expectations are quite low…either that or I genuinely am awesome – inspiring feelings of awe the world over!
It is not offensive really of course and people do mean well but it is a strange thing indeed and shows up a small difference in our cultures! Isn’t the use of the English language fascinating?
Someone asked my opinion on something recently and I said I thought it was “alright” which is kind of positive…but it just didn’t cut it as a response so I then had to elaborate on the positives and negatives…something to bear in mind perhaps…although of course it isn’t just what you say but how you say it.