What exactly does "awesome" mean anyway?

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Re: What exactly does "awesome" mean anyway?

Post by Hugh Briss » Sat Jun 14, 2014 9:45 pm

dagenham wrote:
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...
I guess we're using different definitions of the same part of speech, happens sometimes. I'm using #1, you're using #2.

stoop1
stuːp/
verb
verb: stoop; 3rd person present: stoops; past tense: stooped; past participle: stooped; gerund or present participle: stooping

1.
bend one's head or body forwards and downwards.
"he stooped down and reached towards the coin"
synonyms: bend down, bend, lean over, lean down, kneel, crouch down, squat down, hunker down, hunch down; More
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"Linda stooped to pick up the bottles"
lower, bend, incline, bow, duck
"he stooped his head"
have the head and shoulders habitually bent forwards.
"he tends to stoop when he walks"
synonyms: hunch one's shoulders, walk with a stoop, be round-shouldered More
"he tends to stoop when he walks"
2.
lower one's moral standards so far as to do something reprehensible.
"Craig wouldn't stoop to thieving"
synonyms: lower oneself, sink, descend, resort; More
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Re: What exactly does "awesome" mean anyway?

Post by dagenham » Sat Jun 14, 2014 9:46 pm

StroppyChops wrote:
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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.

https://www.google.com.kh/search?q=the+ ... 2&ie=UTF-8" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
And elderly I am - with all my teeth still and no cane...yet...great link! thanks and I thought I was the only one to notice the "awesome" crisis!
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Re: What exactly does "awesome" mean anyway?

Post by Username Taken » Sat Jun 14, 2014 10:27 pm

dagenham wrote:Decades ago the dominate word (in place of Awesome) was "Swell!".
And before that it was 'Groovy'. :facepalm:









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We thought they'd never end,
We'd sing and . . . ..
... give 'em a quick, short, sharp shock ...

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Re: What exactly does "awesome" mean anyway?

Post by StroppyChops » Sat Jun 14, 2014 10:34 pm

Username Taken wrote:
dagenham wrote:Decades ago the dominate word (in place of Awesome) was "Swell!".
And before that it was 'Groovy'. :facepalm:


Those were the days my friend,
We thought they'd never end,
We'd sing and . . . ..
And apparently we're at risk of the 'dominate' word becoming "sweet", or in the case of Phnom Penh apartment listings, "cute".

The misuse I despise is "Right?" as though the listener is asking you to agree with what you just told them because they thought it first.
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Re: What exactly does "awesome" mean anyway?

Post by dagenham » Sat Jun 14, 2014 10:53 pm

StroppyChops wrote:
Username Taken wrote:
dagenham wrote:Decades ago the dominate word (in place of Awesome) was "Swell!".
And before that it was 'Groovy'. :facepalm:


Those were the days my friend,
We thought they'd never end,
We'd sing and . . . ..
And apparently we're at risk of the 'dominate' word becoming "sweet", or in the case of Phnom Penh apartment listings, "cute".

The misuse I despise is "Right?" as though the listener is asking you to agree with what you just told them because they thought it first.
Right! I hate it too, eh?
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Re: What exactly does "awesome" mean anyway?

Post by dagenham » Sun Jun 15, 2014 10:36 am

Username Taken wrote:
dagenham wrote:Decades ago the dominate word (in place of Awesome) was "Swell!".
And before that it was 'Groovy'. :facepalm:

I really miss that word and use it sometimes in a sweetly-sad-sickly nostalgic way...oh well...what about bithcin'? epic? grand?

"cool" is now global and trustworthy - multi-use...

"brilliant" is UK-centric...









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Re: What exactly does "awesome" mean anyway?

Post by kiwiincambodia » Sun Jun 15, 2014 10:47 am

Don't forget rad.

That was rad dude.
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Re: What exactly does "awesome" mean anyway?

Post by vladimir » Sun Jun 15, 2014 10:56 am

Some more...

far out, man!

You know?

Just chill

No worries, mate

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Motherfucker has gained acceptance. When I was at pun school, the use of a word was a guarantee of being thrashed within an inch of you life, now it's probably in regular use in polite society
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Re: What exactly does "awesome" mean anyway?

Post by StroppyChops » Sun Jun 15, 2014 1:01 pm

I'm looking forward to the new era when Hollywood forgets "Oh... my... (wait for it)... GOD!" because all I hear is "Wait... for... (be silent now, I'm acting here)... me." I don't think there's a more attention-pulling phrase in existence right now. Real people seem to have moved on, but the media and entertainment industry surely haven't.
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Re: What exactly does "awesome" mean anyway?

Post by Hotdigr » Sun Jun 15, 2014 3:59 pm

Awesome is a not so awesome way of saying "Grouse". Mexicans and Croweaters will probably remember, it was a grouse word but!

http://www.ozatwar.com/ozatwar/aussieslang.htm#g" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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