An "awesome" poll.

(36 Posts)
MardyBra Thu 30-Jan-14 16:00:33

Do you regularly use the word "awesome"?

And how old are you?

(I have a theory that there's a cut off point around a certain age. And that older gimmers use it only in the context of something like a cathedral or natural wonders which inspire awe. grin )

FolkGirl Fri 07-Feb-14 14:49:01

I have used it occasionally when talking about something that inspires awe.

My exH uses all the time because he thinks he's a teenager. Which is really beginning to piss off DS who is, in fact, a real life teenager.

But then exH is also prone to saying Oh Emm Gee. Because he's a twat.

ElaClaw Fri 31-Jan-14 20:00:30

MardyBra - now tell us your awesome theory grin

VerucaInTheNutRoom Fri 31-Jan-14 10:06:16

I'm 39. I never use it except when DS (4) is particularly enthusiastic about his latest Lego creation and then I will jokingly ask him if it's "awesome" as his wee friend next door (5) says it all the time.

DuPainDuVinDuFromage Fri 31-Jan-14 10:03:29

It's not a word that would really occur to me...

I'm afraid I do still say "mint" though <betrays Northern, early 90s roots>

senua Thu 30-Jan-14 21:48:59

I think you will find that it is pronounced 'ossum'. That's what teenagers round here say.grin

It's not a word I use a great deal, unless trying to embarrass/annoy DS.

HoratiaDrelincourt Thu 30-Jan-14 20:02:24

Often, especially with the DC, but slightly ironically.

32.

colafrosties Thu 30-Jan-14 19:50:49

Nope, 50

MmeLindor Thu 30-Jan-14 19:33:47

Alex
I might have stolen that one from an Irish friend. The nice thing about living abroad is that languages and accents get shared.

Lioninthesun Thu 30-Jan-14 19:33:19

*off

Lioninthesun Thu 30-Jan-14 19:30:31

I've caught myself saying fab and brill to the builders blush feel like I should skip of shouting 'tally-ho!' over my shoulder sometimes!

Lioninthesun Thu 30-Jan-14 19:28:33

OvO - yes, you MUST use the dodgy accent <AWE-SUM!> when you read it as well as say it! Like you, I don't do it in public, unless with a friend who knows I am being a bit OTT.

alexpolistigers Thu 30-Jan-14 18:39:25

Mme Lindor - I would see "that's grand" as Irish! I tend to say "that's great", but my everyday English might be dated now from living abroad for so long! wink

MmeLindor Thu 30-Jan-14 18:37:26

I use it sometimes, but prefer a very British 'brilliant'.

My US friends started saying 'brilliant', and were told they sounded very British.

I quite like using 'that's grand'.

ElaClaw Thu 30-Jan-14 18:36:38

and not I

Yama Thu 30-Jan-14 18:35:39

No, I don't regularly use the word awesome. I will use it if I find something awe inspiring.

I'm 37.

My sister (late 20's) uses it but I can't work out if she's being ironic or not.

ElaClaw Thu 30-Jan-14 18:34:29

Far more often than I should, I certainly not just when filled with awe blush

I am 35

OvO Thu 30-Jan-14 18:31:53

I say it a fair bit. And always with a dodgy American accent. grin

I'm 33.

I only use it at home never in public. shock.

alexpolistigers Thu 30-Jan-14 18:29:35

I'm 25, honest 37 and I never ever use it. I might say "awe-inspiring", in much the same sort of contexts as EmilyAlice.

Lioninthesun Thu 30-Jan-14 18:16:51

I'm 32 and only use it if something is really above expectations - not in the I am awesome/everything I do is awesome/of course everything I touch is awesome kind of way. I didn't like it when ex did it all of the time, but think it may have rubbed off a little (no pun intended there).

AllMimsyWereTheBorogroves Thu 30-Jan-14 18:07:54

I'm 52, Scottish, living in London. I never say awesome except with my tongue in my cheek.

GlitzAndGiggles Thu 30-Jan-14 18:04:56

I don't use it I think I sound silly saying it. I prefer the word 'epic'. Not that I say that much either grin and I'm 21

lljkk Thu 30-Jan-14 18:04:13

I love to say smashing. I'm sure it sounds extremely wrong in my north american accent. Took me ages to get my tongue around "Brill".

My almost 6yo thinks everything is "epic".

pinkgirlythoughts Thu 30-Jan-14 18:00:34

very rarely. I'm 27.
Although the children in my class use it quite a bit. They're 6.

Mrsfrumble Thu 30-Jan-14 17:52:12

... And if I use 'British' exuberant words like 'splendid!' and 'marvelous!' I get comments from the locals.

magimedi Thu 30-Jan-14 17:49:51

I would also use awe-inspiring. I am late 50's.

I think that 'awesome' has become more & more used in the last ten years or so.

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