Friday, February 2, 2018

Adjusting to Amazing

Fiorella has come to terms with "amazing" and "awesome," although they drove her out of her mind at first.  Everyone was using them, especially the vocabulary-challenged home-buyers on HGTV. Everything from floors to ceilings to swimming pools to kitchens to toilets were amazing or awesome. So were beauty-contest winners, actors, politicians, children, pets and God.

But, as a linguist, Fiorella knows that superlatives and emphatics come and go, and many don't even make sense--like "pretty" being used to mean "very"--so she decided to make her peace with the newcomers.

Amazing, right?

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