February 20, 2009 § 2 Comments
For the past few days I have been noticing my sudden over usage of the word awesome. It got me thinking, why is the word ‘some’ included in what is ‘awe inspiring’? It has some kind of negative condensation to it, even though we generally use it to encourage or praise. If I look up the word awesome in an everyday pocket dictionary, I get “dread mingled with reverence.” In other words, alarming, amazing, imposing, impressive.
Lets put this idea into a simple example. When someone beats some form of record, or achieves a high placing in competition with others, it is awesome because it is frightening to the opponents and amazing to those who are cheering. To summarize, some awe would imply that there is a dual meaning to awesome.
When I look to my not so credible resource, the pocket dictionary, the word ‘awe’ itself has a double edge sword meaning to it. This changes my previous point about ‘some’ giving awe (a) negative condensation because ‘awe’ already has it embedded with its original meaning. Being awesome is a really depressing job.
To refer back to the example used earlier, someone commits some action like win a game, it is awesome because it is somewhat frightening to the opponents and somewhat amazing to those who are cheering. If there was a lot of fear, and a lot of amazement, then the word awesome does not clearly represent the situation. Rather, it was awelot. If there is a word for some awe, there should be a word for a lot of awe. In short, the word awesome, has an exaggerated meaning.
So to touch back with Earth, when you want to congratulate someone and praise them for their work, think first. Is that person really awesome?