What’s happening to language?
It’s changing, of course.
We had breakfast a couple of days ago in one of our fine local restaurants.
The young waitress asked us what we’d like to drink, and when I said “water,” she said “awesome!”
It’s interesting how such reflexive overuse of words eventually empties them of meaning. Try saying “soul” a hundred times quickly and you can instantly experience that collapse of meaning.
Words are used for a complex of motives, including (1) to convey meaning, and (2) to announce our tribal membership in a Granfalloon.
The trouble is, even when the meaning runs its course, as it’s now done with “awesome,” the word continues to get used by the Granfalloon wannabes … and we’re all GF wannabes to some extent.
The word “awesome” is now the linguistic equivalent of a cold soufflé.
When everything is “awesome,” nothing is.
What word will we use next to convey our sense of awe and wonder and excitement?