So, in the spirit of being slightly grumpy... I thought today I'd blog about something that irritates me a little bit. Reality TV and the people on it. I will state for the record that I did not watch "The Bachelor" except for the "FINAL ROSE!" episode last night... really I wanted to see what "THE MOST SHOCKING AFTER THE ROSE CEREMONY EVER" was about and frankly, I was disappointed because Mama Kat predicted* (or was it another blogger SHE reads who predicted) exactly what was going to happen. Anywho...
In the short time it took me to fast forward through the episode, pausing very briefly to see each "contestant" meet "The Bachelor's" family, I think I heard the word "amazing" fifteen times. Reality TV has ruined the word "amazing."
Amazing- So remarkable as to elicit disbelief
Why oh why is everything on reality TV "amazing?" Have people become so complacent that they can't think of words to use other than "amazing?"
"That dinner was amazing",
"That song choice was amazing, it really suits your voice."
"I'm in love with two girls, they're both so amazing.",
"He lost 13 pounds in one week, it's amazing."
Come. On. So, as a public service to all those reality TV wannabees and contestants alike, I am going to give some alternate words to the word amazing. Use of these words will make the viewing of reality TV a bit more enjoyable for so many of us because everything does not have to be called "amazing."
Here you go: astonishing, astounding, fantastic, fantastical, incredible, marvelous, miraculous, phenomenal, prodigious, stupendous, unbelievable, (take caution when using "unbelieveable" as this one is often abused as well) wonderful, wondrous.
See, let's try them out to see how they sound...
"That dinner was fantastic"
"That song choice was incredible, it really suits your voice."
"I'm in love with two girls, they're both so stupendous.",
"He lost 13 pounds in one week, it's wondrous."
What do you think? Personally, I like it. Variety, we need it. English is a language with an unbelieveable amount of words, some might say it's amazing that we don't use more of them more frequently. I know I would. So to all you reality contestants out there and in fact to the average person out there who will never aspire to be on TV, please, expand your vocabulary, stop using the words "amazing" and "unbeliveable" quite so frequently and try out some of my suggested alternatives, you might find it fun and others will be amazed by your prowess with the English language. They might even call YOU... amazing!
(*that link BTW, is last week's "Bachelor" post by Mama Kat, as far as I know, she'll be doing another one today)