Words, Words, Words

26 Oct

        Hmmm….”amazing”? “Awesome”? “mind-blowing”? “breathtaking”?

       Thesaurus.com finds 15 entries for “amazing” (1 of which has already been opted…): astounding, bewildering, breathtaking, extraordinary, impressive, marvelous, miraculous, spectacular, staggering, startling, striking, stunning, stupefying, stupendous, wonderful, wondrous. Hmmm

       The same source gives 14 entries for “awesome” (4 of which have already been opted…): alarming, astonishing, awe-inspiring, awful, beautiful, breathtaking, daunting, dreadful, exalted, far out, fearful, fearsome, formidable, frantic, frightening, grand, hairy, horrible, horrifying, imposing, impressive, intimidating, magnificent, majestic, mind-blowing, moving, nervous, overwhelming, shocking, striking, stunning, stupefying, terrible, terrifying, wonderful, wondrous, zero cool. Hmmm…zero cool? huh? horrible? Those aren’t right at all. Nor are dreadful, daunting, fearsome, formidable, horrifying, hairy, imposing, intimidating, nervous, shocking, terrible, or terrifying…Hmmm, this isn’t working very well.

       Here’s what it lists for “breathtaking”: amazing, astonishing, awe-inspiring, awesome, exciting, hair-raising, heart-stirring, impressive, magnificent, moving, overwhelming, spine-tingling, stunning, thrilling Hmmm…the options are dwindling, and still I have not found a word to describe the weekend, or the feelings that I experienced during it. I think that, perhaps, if one were to look at all of the above words (well, except for the ones that are noted as wrong), and take the average of their meanings, that one might, perhaps, have an idea of what it was like.

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