What exactly does "awesome" mean anyway?

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Re: What exactly does "awesome" mean anyway?

Post by StroppyChops » Sat Jun 14, 2014 9:03 pm

^ lost his Awesomeness Quotient after Boston Legal...

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Re: What exactly does "awesome" mean anyway?

Post by Cowshed Cowboy » Sat Jun 14, 2014 9:15 pm

dagenham wrote:
Cowshed Cowboy wrote:Totally agree with you Dagenham, I cringe when I hear it. I follow golf and Michelle Wie the high profile female US golfer when interviewed can't complete a sentence without throwing in at least a couple of awesome's. For my own sad amusement I watch her interviews to see how many times she can fit the word in. I don't think it's a passing fad, unfortunately I think it's with us forever.
Yo Cowboy! So...at least you have noticed this phenomenon...most other people probably use it so much themselves that they don't even notice it themselves...language? what language?

By the way, you weren't called "Dude Cowboy" before and met Brad, a Starbucks marketing rep, on a bar stool one night last year? Just curious...
Unless it's the Big Lebowski saying it, dude ranks pretty close to awesome on my language dislikes. :D
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Re: What exactly does "awesome" mean anyway?

Post by Hugh Briss » Sat Jun 14, 2014 9:18 pm

StroppyChops wrote:^ lost his Awesomeness Quotient after Boston Legal...
Beg to differ
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Re: What exactly does "awesome" mean anyway?

Post by StroppyChops » Sat Jun 14, 2014 9:20 pm

Sure, but that was shot during Boston Legal, and before his most recent (and ridiculous) facelift!
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Re: What exactly does "awesome" mean anyway?

Post by dagenham » Sat Jun 14, 2014 9:22 pm

Hugh Briss wrote:
StroppyChops wrote:^ lost his Awesomeness Quotient after Boston Legal...
Beg to differ
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I must agree - that "dude" will always be "awesome" - even if he stoops to being the pathetic huckster for barbeques, blenders or...even online air travel services...
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Re: What exactly does "awesome" mean anyway?

Post by dagenham » Sat Jun 14, 2014 9:24 pm

StroppyChops wrote:I have Filipino mates, I'm pretty confident they all learned American English listening to those bloody awful language tapes used in the 70s and 80s (and still, in my first hand experience, used in high schools in China) and I think 'Ossum' might have been one of the included slang words.
With respect, my friend, I beg to differ - it started in the late 90's as a widely used adjective. Truly began to be dominate within a few years and now is like an International virus...
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Re: What exactly does "awesome" mean anyway?

Post by Hugh Briss » Sat Jun 14, 2014 9:26 pm

dagenham wrote: I must agree - that "dude" will always be "awesome" - even if he stoops to being the pathetic huckster for barbeques, blenders or...even online air travel services...
A 'dude' this 'awesome' would never "stoop". He's got people for that.
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Re: What exactly does "awesome" mean anyway?

Post by dagenham » Sat Jun 14, 2014 9:29 pm

Cowshed Cowboy wrote:
dagenham wrote:
Cowshed Cowboy wrote:Totally agree with you Dagenham, I cringe when I hear it. I follow golf and Michelle Wie the high profile female US golfer when interviewed can't complete a sentence without throwing in at least a couple of awesome's. For my own sad amusement I watch her interviews to see how many times she can fit the word in. I don't think it's a passing fad, unfortunately I think it's with us forever.
Yo Cowboy! So...at least you have noticed this phenomenon...most other people probably use it so much themselves that they don't even notice it themselves...language? what language?

By the way, you weren't called "Dude Cowboy" before and met Brad, a Starbucks marketing rep, on a bar stool one night last year? Just curious...
Unless it's the Big Lebowski saying it, dude ranks pretty close to awesome on my language dislikes. :D
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I was taking the piss there with the "Dude Cowboy" question - he is a notorious character from the "other" forum. Dude? At least you can use it ironically and others understand it when you do. Awesome is now so deeply embedded, as I wrote earlier - trans-generational now, I might just agree I will die before it is displaced.

Decades ago the dominate word (in place of Awesome) was "Swell!". Lets bring it back! Or how about - "Aces!" Any other new suggestions not currently in use?
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Re: What exactly does "awesome" mean anyway?

Post by dagenham » Sat Jun 14, 2014 9:32 pm

Hugh Briss wrote:
dagenham wrote: I must agree - that "dude" will always be "awesome" - even if he stoops to being the pathetic huckster for barbeques, blenders or...even online air travel services...
A 'dude' this 'awesome' would never "stoop". He's got people for that.
Wrong there. He is the uber-spokesman for Priceline.com. Uber Massive. Stooping bigtime - reportedly for $10 million a year...

Understandable, before that he was selling his autographs at Star Trek conventions, doing a few plays and a short run as a talk show host (it was good but disappeared quickly)...so it goes...
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Re: What exactly does "awesome" mean anyway?

Post by StroppyChops » Sat Jun 14, 2014 9:34 pm

dagenham wrote:
StroppyChops wrote:I have Filipino mates, I'm pretty confident they all learned American English listening to those bloody awful language tapes used in the 70s and 80s (and still, in my first hand experience, used in high schools in China) and I think 'Ossum' might have been one of the included slang words.
With respect, my friend, I beg to differ - it started in the late 90's as a widely used adjective. Truly began to be dominate within a few years and now is like an International virus...
Always happy to agree with the elderly.

Oh, and good to see we're adding to the already copious online commentary on the abuse of the word.

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