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Word of Mouth - Segment
Thu January 12, 2012
A Campaign to End Awesome? NOOOO!!!!
Produced by Avishay Artsy
We all have our linguistic pet peeves. I, for one, bristle when I hear “literally” to describe things that aren’t literal at all. I admit, I was an English major, and still grieve a little inside when people use “was” for the conditional tense instead of “were.” A painter and writer living in Los Angeles is campaigning against a far less arcane peeve: the overuse of “awesome”.
John Tottenham works at a bookstore where he sells bumper stickers that have the word “awesome” pictured with red diagonal slash through it. Ouch.