I overuse the word “awesome.” Not only that, I misuse it. All the time.
According to dictionary.com, AWESOME is an adjective meaning,
- causing or inducing awe; inspiring an overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration, or fear: an awesome sight.
- exhibiting or marked by awe; showing reverence, admiration or fear.
- Slang. Very impressive: That new white convertible is totally awesome.
When a waitress says our dinner will be out in a few minutes and I tell her, “awesome,” well it’s a poor word choice and it’s a complete exaggeration. It’s not very impressive that our meal is on its way.
Now I’m going to use it correctly where it’s truly called for.
The view from Arlington National Cemetery down Memorial Drive across the Arlington Memorial Bridge over the Potomac to the Lincoln Memorial is an awesome site.
If you’re at the back of the Lincoln Memorial, looking down Memorial Drive across the Arlington Memorial Bridge to Arlington National Cemetery. That too is an awesome site.
The aerial photo gives perspective but it’s far more awesome when you’re on the ground. It’s one of the sites, if you can see for yourself you should. Because it is that awesome.