I get what you're saying, but I don't know what you mean.
Excessive use of "awesome," "dude," and "cool." The Grand Canyon is awesome, only we can't use that word to describe it anymore.
What are your pet peeves re English usage?
In March 2004, Ailsagirl wrote:
Quote:Excessive use of "awesome," "dude," and "cool." The Grand Canyon is awesome, only we can't use that word to describe it anymore.
Not so the word, "awesome". I want to scream every time that I see or hear that word. It is used so much, that nothing has any value anymore. How can you describe your friend's new shoes with the same fervor as The Grand Canyon? But it is being done all the time. Our young people are not learning taste and discernment when they hear THAT WORD describing anything and everything.
Too clever by half, and many other hackneyed, idiomatic platitudes, are deserving of a guernsey in pet peeves.
Ultimately, it's a bit bitchy to challenge the cogency of communication on the basis of prescriptivism vs descriptivism.
I enjoy your posts too.
Just riffing off Regis' meme.