THE DEBASING EFFECTS OF HYPERBOLE may not be an issue of general concern, but it bothers me. We hear so often, for example, how some person or thing or event is “awesome!”, or more often heard lately - “amazing.” If virtually every other person or thing is “amazing,” then what does that do to the appreciation of someone or thing that literally IS amazing, that stands out among thousands of its particular category? “Perfect storms” are like that too. The first time I heard the phrase was a dozen years ago or so, as the title of a popular movie and description of the confluence of meteorological conditions that produced a truly extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime type storm. But nowadays, the phrase is used to describe just about any big (amazing!) storm or event. The meaning of these and similar words and phrases has been debased, to where they don’t really mean all ... Log in or subscribe to continue reading.
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