The trend in everyday conversation is to use grandiose words.
- Author:Corina Zhang
- Release on :2016-11-08
The trend in everyday conversation is to usegrandiose words. "Outstanding" is new "good," "amazing" is the new "OK," and "huge" is the new"big."
I was in a restaurant in D.C. last weekend andeverything I asked was answered in superlatives.
Me: How s the salmon?
Me: Does it come with rice?
Would a "good" and a "yes" have been sufficient? Undeniably!
At Starbucks, the smallest coffee you can order is a Tall. Tall would seem to indicate thatthere was also a short and medium, with Tall being the largest. But at Starbucks, Tall is small.Grande, which is both Italian and Spanish for large, is medium.
Likewise, at your local 7-Eleven you cannot buy a small: Your choices are Big Gulp, SuperGulp and Extremely Big Gulp. OldBananaNavyGap also did away with the small. You cannot buyanything from the chain stores that is really a "small." My father is an average-sized man. Hehasn t gained weight (or height, for that matter) for the past 30 years. Ergo, his size remainsthe same. But in the same amount of time, his T-shirt size has gone from small/medium tomedium to large to extra large.
Upon reflection, the reason for all this colossal-speak is clear: We are bored with ourfantastic, wonderful lives. We want the next-next thing now. Now!
I m not scientist, and my methods of proof leave a little to be desired, or a lot to bedesired, or an immensity. An to be honest, I guess I d rather live in a world where people wereoverly excited than depressed.
Listen the next time when someone asks you something and you aGREe, because when youcould simply say "yes," instead you will say "absolutely" or "without doubt" or "Oh, yeah,unquestionably - absolutely without doubt."
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