Absolutely Amazing — Maybe

It  seems to me that our American culture is “over the top” in our speech. Maybe my perception comes from my writing background, where we are told to consider every word and try not to repeat the same words in our descriptions or dialogue. It might be that, but it probably stems from my matter-of-fact personality. Wherever it comes from, I am really tired of amazing and fantastic things and people. Apparently “good, nice” and “adequate” have been outranked.

According to the dictionary, if we are amazed, we are greatly surprised or astonished. It would appear that we haven’t done much living and don’t have many life experiences if we are so impressed and astonished by everything and everyone. If everything amazes us, where do we go from there? When we see something truly surprising, what do we say since we are already “amazed” by such a wide variety of things?

I am tired of “life changing” experiences and fantastic results. I could argue that most experiences are life changing in some way or another. That’s not a revolutionary idea, and fantastic results? Really? Does anyone have “good” results? Apparently not.

And at the other end of the emotional spectrum–how many things can “devastate” us? A death, a divorce, or a terminal medical diagnosis can be devastating, sure, but do we have such a limited vocabulary that we are “devastated” by common things that happen every day?

That’s all I have to say. And those of you who know me, realize I am basically a pretty optimistic person so you must be absolutely amazed by my rant. Well, maybe not.




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About Lorraine Jeffery

Lorraine Jeffery earned her bachelor’s degree in English and her MLIS in library science, and managed public libraries in Texas, Ohio and Utah for over twenty years. She has won poetry prizes in state and national contests and has published over thirty poems in various publications, including Clockhouse, Kindred, Calliope, Ibbetson Street,and Rockhurst Review. She has published short stories in War Cry, The Standard and Segullah. Her articles have appeared in Focus on the Family, Mature Years, and Utah’s Senior Review, as well as other publications.. She is the mother of ten children (eight adopted) and currently lives with her husband in Orem, Utah.

2 thoughts on “Absolutely Amazing — Maybe

  1. gayla erickson

    Thanks! I tend to use such words as “fantastic” and “amazing” abundantly anymore. I need to check myself and find better words for approval/disapproval than I am currently using.

  2. gayla erickson

    Thanks for the pinch about the use of overused, enthusiastic, superlative comments. I am guilty. I am trying to do better. And now we will see if this comment is going to “await moderation” like my last one had to do (and apparently is still awaiting such a thing as I can see it right above this.)


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