Thursday, October 22, 2015

So Over It

I love this forum sometimes, because I can say what I want when I want to say it. And presumably, you'll all let me.

What is it today? I'll tell you. I am tired of hearing the word gorgeous.

Gorgeous. Gorgeous. Gorgeous. Gorgeous. Gorgeous.

Are you tired of it yet, too?

Over the last year or so, I've heard that word used for everything and anything: that gorgeous story, her gorgeous essay, this gorgeous show, his gorgeous recipe, these gorgeous sentences. 

Never is anyone talking about a person, or a piece of art, or an animal--the types of things we, in the past, would have described with the word gorgeous. And while I appreciate non-traditional usage of words, and how language evolves over time, I still have a problem.  EVERYONE IS USING THE WORD!

The thing with gorgeous language is this: it's only gorgeous when it's novel. After it's overused, it's just done.

2 comments:

Bethany House said...

Couldn't agree more! And gorgeous isn't the only word. I love the way Louis CK put it... "We waste words. We use words like awesome and wonderful like they're candy. It was awesome? Really? It inspired Awe? You use the word amazing to describe a sandwich at Wendy's. What's going to happen when your first child is born? How will you describe it? You already wasted amazing on a sandwich."

Christina said...

Love that! Thanks for sharing. I like Louis CK, too.