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Your Burger Isn’t Awesome. It Just Isn’t.

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I have a thing for words. I’ve written about terrible words, annoying words, more annoying words, even more annoying words, happy words, and even difficult-to-spell words. Words are awesome.

Wait a minute. I just said “awesome”–which is one of our culture’s most overused, filler, meaningless words right now. Honestly, I probably say “awesome” way too often–and if I actually thought about what the word meant, I wouldn’t say it near as much.

Here’s an uncensored, profanity-laced rant from Louis C.K. about how we waste words like awesome. Sorry for the profanity, but it’s spot on.

As humans, we waste the shit out of our words. It’s sad. We use words like “awesome” and “wonderful” like they’re candy. It was awesome? Really? It inspired awe? It was wonderful? Are you serious? It was full of wonder? You use the word “amazing” to describe a damn sandwich at Wendy’s. What’s going to happen on your wedding day, or when your first child is born? How will you describe it? You already wasted “amazing” on a fucking sandwich.” – Louis C.K.

In his own way, he makes a great point.

Words like awesome have been used to the point that they’ve entirely lost their meaning. Generally speaking, that word has little meaning now other than just to say something is “cool.”

The birth of your child is awesome. The Grand Tetons are awesome. The cosmos is awesome. Your Wendy’s burger? Not awesome.

Thanks Louis C.K.

(Image: Wikimedia Commons)

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  1. Cool post!

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    April 9, 2014
  2. Hmmm, so is Love. Words are limitless, we can always discover new ones.

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    April 9, 2014
  3. Amen! Louis C.K is AWESOME. Truth.

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    April 9, 2014
  4. Completely agree and I know I’m very guilty of wasting our language. This waste has actually affected a part of my career. I teach dance, and I do truly feel awe when I watch my students perform, but I find that since a mere sandwich is awesome, I am expected to come up with ever increasing superlatives to compliment their performance – this is increasing my awareness and use of other adjectives/adverbs, but it can be tough 🙂 -Tania

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    April 9, 2014
  5. Also, I love Louis CK 🙂

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    April 9, 2014
  6. I agree, though I have fallen into the dramatic trap a countless amount of times. I also agree with the comment above about “love.”

    In Genesis 1, God said of all the things He created that it was “good” and one time “very good.” If “good” is how God describes the creation of land, sea, plants, day/night, living creatures, and – most of all – mankind, why is the word “good” not good enough for us?

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    April 9, 2014
    • Interesting. In the Wendy’s burger example, God is far removed from that, I can promise.

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      April 9, 2014
  7. dcapic #

    Reblogged this on Da Bears.

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    April 9, 2014
  8. mmmmm

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    April 9, 2014
  9. russwilliamsfreelance #

    It’s true, we do seem to get impressed quite easily by everyday things these days (or at least convey it so in our vocabulary), but in my opinion as a Welshman, ‘awesome’ is most definitely an American thing. In the UK we tend to give words double-meaning, in particular when describing something that has impressed us. For example, people often say that a sandwich is ‘wicked’, or a party was ‘buzzing’.. Is this true in America as well?

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    April 9, 2014
    • I’ve heard both of those words used here, mainly “wicked” in that sense, but not near as much as awesome. Definitely sounds like an unfortunate American trend.

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      April 9, 2014
  10. Eddie Izzard covered this a while ago.

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    April 9, 2014
  11. Jetagain #

    It seems that the successor term to “awesome” is “epic”…as in, “Your new car is epic”. What is that about?

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    April 9, 2014
  12. OMG, I just love ‘awesome’! I use it 24/7. This one time, in an elevator at the mall, I had some french-fries I found earlier under the hood of my station-wagon. They were awesome. I took them home in my fanny-pack. Have a nice day.

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    April 9, 2014
    • O
      oops, there is another one….”24/7 ” uuughh, like nails on a chalkboard to me. Really? Don’t you ever sleep? No offence, you aren’t the only one. LOL

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      October 20, 2014
  13. In blog world, the overused word would be ‘Like’.

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    April 9, 2014
  14. Amy #

    I completely agree, and have to remind myself frequently not to overuse these words. Great post!

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    April 9, 2014
  15. Guilty as charged.

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    April 9, 2014
  16. This brings to mind that scene from the movie Dead Poet’s Society:

    “So avoid using the word ‘very’ because it’s lazy. A man is not very tired, he is exhausted. Don’t use very sad, use morose. Language was invented for one reason, boys – to woo women – and, in that endeavor, laziness will not do. It also won’t do in your essays.”

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    April 9, 2014
  17. Elise Berwick #

    Thank you – this made me giggle – unfortunately it’s true!!! I teach 10-11 year olds, and I think I’m succeeding in improving their vocabulary… one step at a time.

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    April 9, 2014
  18. I think we should dust off the dictionary in the interest of full employment.

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    April 9, 2014
  19. The word I think should be abolished from the English language. Talk about an overused, useless word. That’s it.

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    April 9, 2014
  20. The sandwich is also not unique. There is at least one other sandwich just like it. And the condiments and the meat don’t “both” complement each other. “Both” implies that just one thing could complement itself, which is bunk. Let’s remove these counterfeit coinages from circulation.

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    April 10, 2014
  21. Since I would be the one shoving that sucker out, I’m pretty sure I’d rather call the best burger I’ve ever eaten “awesome.” I’m quite sure I’d enjoy it more, too. Sorry, Louis, C.K. Heh.

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    April 10, 2014
    • (“That sucker” being a baby, not the burger. I didn’t word that too well, did I? Hahaha!)

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      April 10, 2014
  22. This is one of my pet peeves too. Love the Louis CK quote — it reminds me of the many similar rants I’ve heard from my Dad. Since I’m in college, I hear the word awesome at least 20 times a day. I am starting to hate that word…

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    April 10, 2014
  23. EddieB #

    Awesome post!

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    April 10, 2014
  24. You left out “brilliant.” I swear I’m the only mother in my town that doesn’t have “brilliant” kids. Sheesh.

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    April 11, 2014
  25. Reblogged this on agentbaure's Blog.

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    April 21, 2014
  26. everet presley #

    only GOD is AWESOME!! stop watering it down in daily use !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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    April 25, 2015

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