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AIBU to loathe the word 'awesome'?

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Lauraphine1000 Tue 21-Mar-17 08:51:05

Really just cannot stand it! And the way it's used for just about everything and by everyone.

One of the worst examples I've seen was some advice given about how to end a relationship by text: " So sorry it did not work out between us. Thanks for the good times and keep on being awesome".

Aaaargh! Vomit.

NikkiP53 Tue 21-Mar-17 08:52:17

100% agree
I also can't stand:
LO (little one)

Bellerophon Tue 21-Mar-17 08:55:48

ha that is definitely vomit-inducing in that context!

Personally I don't like the use of the word as a sort of clubby, "i'm fabulous" appendage - think "Awesomestow" as an example.

odilethecrocodile Tue 21-Mar-17 09:01:52

You're right, it's overuse has made it meaningless.

Tanith Tue 21-Mar-17 09:01:59

I remember Ben Elton saying about this years ago - very funny routine about the "Awesome bottle of coke", using the word in the correct context grin

claraschu Tue 21-Mar-17 09:04:09

I absolutely loathe the word "awesome". Horrible.

Every so often I say something is "awe-inspiring"; it's a little in-joke I have with my kids, who have also been trained to hate "awesome".

As an American, "awesome" is one of the terrible things for which I am willing to accept responsibility. I really don't think you British would have come up with it on your own. Sorry blush!

TheNaze73 Tue 21-Mar-17 09:05:38

YANBU. It's a hideous turn of phrase

Lauraphine1000 Tue 21-Mar-17 09:08:07

On a roll now!

How are you today? "Awesome!"
Here's the item you were looking for. "Awesome!"
What did you think of the book? "Awesome!"

Agree there are other horrors out there, but this word still tops my most-abhorred list.

TheWernethWife Tue 21-Mar-17 09:28:35

I feel the same about "Amazing" - used everywhere for the most mundane of things.

Uiscebeatha85 Tue 21-Mar-17 09:31:13

YANBU I hate it too. It sounds so wrong in any accent that's not American

Lauraphine1000 Tue 21-Mar-17 09:32:25

And -

At a restaurant once. Young, trendy & perfectly nice waiter:

Me: I'll have the mixed platter for the starter
Waiter: Awesome!
Me: Then the lasagne for the main course
Waiter: Awesome!
Me: And a side of mixed veg
Waiter: Awesome!
And so on it went.

Chloe84 Tue 21-Mar-17 09:35:01


Awesome should be reserved for American teens only. So should 'dude'. Only they can get away with those words.

Totally agree with lo (little one) and uncomfy. Both vomit inducing.

CruCru Tue 21-Mar-17 09:35:32

Gosh, I use it all the time.

FartnissEverbeans Tue 21-Mar-17 09:40:02

I love it! I use it loads. There's no word with the same connotations - 'brilliant', 'fantastic' etc sound a bit Enid Blyton.

In Glasgow we use 'smashing' in a similar way sometimes

ShotsFired Tue 21-Mar-17 09:40:29

@NikkiP53 If "LO (little one)" winds you up, how does "littl'un" make you feel? (Or "little man" for that matter)

angry I hate hate hate it.

PosyBoo Tue 21-Mar-17 09:42:42

Not as bad as 'epic'!! Honestly spend with enough time with preteens and you too will be cringing every time you hear the word!!!

God I'm a miserable old git these days!!!

Ohyesiam Tue 21-Mar-17 09:45:23

I love it, it's sexy. Awesomely sowink

Ohyesiam Tue 21-Mar-17 09:46:44

And to me is sounds best in an Australian accent, I was living in Melbourne when I first heard it, about 20 years ago.

iklboo Tue 21-Mar-17 09:50:07

Never mind LO (Little One), 'bubba' or 'bubs' sets my teeth on edge.

'Aww (or, more often 'orrrrr') how is ur bubba hun?'


Lauraphine1000 Tue 21-Mar-17 09:53:21

Actually I never liked the word 'baby' as a term of endearment for grown-ups.

But the new 'bae' is even worse! grin

Isetan Tue 21-Mar-17 09:56:22

There was a piece in The Guardian about how Brits tend to use 'Marvelous' and 'Awesome' sarcastically. Personally I only hear 'Awesome' on American TV shows, so it grates less because I hear it so infrequently.

ThePants999 Tue 21-Mar-17 09:57:01

Everything is cool when you're part of a team...

SeekingSugar Tue 21-Mar-17 09:57:43

My favourite was hearing a witness being sworn into court, he answered "Awesome"

ShoutOutToMyEx Tue 21-Mar-17 09:59:29

I absolutely hate it. I used to live with a couple who used it about everything and by the end of the tenancy I had an almost Pavlovian twitch.

Violetcharlotte Tue 21-Mar-17 10:02:50

I don't mind awesome, although it is over used, but hate 'super', as in 'super cool', 'super cute', etc

LO is ok, but can't stand 'little people' instead of children.

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