Abusing Amazing

[pronounced “ah-may-zing” not “ah-may-zeen”]

The word “amazing” is supposed to denote genuine surprise when something is better than expected.

Instead, it’s being used by the inarticulate masses as a catch-all phrase to mean “good”. Rarely are the people saying it genuinely amazed by what they’ve seen, heard or tasted.

If you were genuinely amazed by someone’s cooking, a song, some artwork, or a view from the top of a mountain, calling it “amazing” is actually insulting. You’re saying you expected it to be worse! It seems unlikely that standards are being set so low that everything is amazing.

So think carefully the next time you're about to use "amazing" and consider one of our alternatives.

“OMG this site is soooo amazeen” — Ironic Visitor