Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Vocabulary...it's amazing!

Sorry that I've been such a blogslacker lately. I don't really know why I am. I have some cute pictures that I could post but they're still on my camera and these days uploading to the computer is taking For-ever. I don't know why, it just is.

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)


AustinTwinMommy said...

Don't get me started on the show (rolling eyes). All I can say, the girl that got dumped should have kept the ring because you know - it was amazing - lol!!

Darlene said...

Hey Caren,

Boy that was an amazing show with an unbelieveable ending......hehehehe. OK I just had to say it. I agree that certain words are used WAYYYYY to much especially on reality TV.

Chrissy Cuz said...

I really don't watch that show, only when there is nothing else on. The thing that really cracks me up about the show is that everytime I do decide to waste time and watch it, it is always the most shocking rose ceremony ever. LOL.

Mama Kat said...

Ahahahah! So true! And yet...I still watch...and I will continue to watch.

Because I like to challenge my mind. ;)

Anonymous said...

You are an amazing wife and mother!!!

Caren said...

Uh....thank you anonymous. I can't exactly imagine who you are that would know that but I appreciate the comment nonetheless... (Honey, is that you?)