This is why not everything we call awesome is actually awesome

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How many times did you use the word awesome today? Five, ten, fifteen times? We use the word awesome so often and, most of the time, so incorrectly that the term has lost its original sense— maybe forever. Comedian Jill Shargaa explains why in this AWESOME TED talk.


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If you've used the word "awesome" more than once in the past year, you're probably wrecking the word. The last time I felt actual awe was when I visited King's College Chapel at Cambridge. We need to save "awe" for real stuff like that, and not just, say, a really good cup of coffee.