That’s AMAZING!!

Definition of AMAZING

: causing amazement, great wonder, or surprise

Examples of AMAZING

  1. The amazing thing is that no one knows where it came from.
  2. He has an amazing ability to learn new languages.
  3. Her grandmother was really an amazing woman.

Synonyms: surprisingastonishing,


(also dumfounding), eye-opening,




From the Merriam-Webster On-line Dictionary

It is amazing that I haven’t posted about this before now. It really is. If there is one word that is overused today, that word has to be “amazing.”

Being a lover of language and words, I’m perhaps more sensitive than others to word usage. This overuse of “amazing” invaded my sensibilities some time ago and still festers there. Each time I hear the word, I cringe, because rarely do I find it applicable to the situation about which it is said.

I hate to admit this, but I often watch reality shows. The word “amazing” is used in them repeatedly. Watch “The Bachelor” on any given Monday evening, for example, and you’ll hear either the bachelor, himself, or one of the hopeful candidates for marriage say it. “You girls are all amazing,” the bachelor intones in his baritone voice, “and I had an amazing time with you on our group date.” Pullease! Read the list of synonyms, Mr. Bachelor, and then tell me that the “girls” are amazing.

Another group of shows on which you’ll hear “amazing” over and over ad nauseum are those on HGTV and other home-decorating channels. The decorator completes his or her remodeling of a room in some lucky couple’s home, then invites the blindfolded couple into the room for their first glance at the transformation. Blindfolds removed, all they are able to say is, “That’s amazing!” To be fair, they sometimes gush “Oh my God,” also. Come on, folks! The designers usually do wonderful work and I’m often transfixed by what they’ve done with a low budget or re-purposed materials. But am I amazed? No! And you shouldn’t be amazed, either.

I propose that we return to using appropriate words and taking care how we speak. Using a word inappropriately serves to diminish the value of that word. The English language is full of words that have precise definitions suitable for most every occasion.  Let’s try harder to use them! I think we’ll all be amazed at the results 🙂

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6 Responses to That’s AMAZING!!

  1. It’s a painfully beautiful morning and another exercise in sleep deprivation.

  2. Archon's Den says:

    An influential American male, in the late 1800s, stated that there should be no dictionaries, because no English word means what any other English word means. Even the wordsmiths and professional writers exhibit a paucity of vocabulary. The language has a million words, and 98% of us use only 500, repeatedly. Come on folks, emulate the Hermudgeon. Learn more words and use them suitably.

  3. Lynne Favreau says:

    I feel the same way about SHOCKING! Shocking news seriously? I can’t remember the last time I was shocked by anything anybody did or anything they said.

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