New Words Required28 March 2010
I’ve never been to the Grand Canyon. If I’d gone there 10 years or so ago, I would probably have looked out over this wonder of the universe and said “This is awesome”. Can’t say that any more. ‘Awesome’ now describes a good cup of coffee, a film or a new pair of shoes. Awe no longer seems to enter into it.
And where did we get all these ‘stars’ from? An actor who has appeared in three episodes of a soap opera is now apparently a star – give him a whole series and he’s a superstar. No – make a great film every year for 10 years and win 3 Oscars – then I’ll call you a star.
Captain the winning side at cricket or football and you’re a hero. Win an Olympic gold medal and you’re a hero. Win more than one gold medal and you’re a super-hero. How are we supposed to describe someone who risks her life to rescue a child from the sea, or to get someone out of a burning building?
May we have some new words, please?