Did you have a great time?Well, to a degree, the word “Great” always does, at least in terms of its voluminousmisuse. Internet headlines usually discuss great controversies, ways to be a great listener a great writer, great fathers, great discoveries, the world’s great wonders, the Great Wall of China, the Great Pretender, the Great depression, and, of course, the world famous new slogan of president Donald Trump:“Make America GreatAgain.” VOLUMINOUSMISUSETHIS GETS MY BLOOD BOILINGFew things in life get my blood boiling but one is definitely the misuse of the word “Great” and another one is the word ‘Awesome” both of which have become gigantic, meaningless, words plugged into comment slots, i.e. Great picture! Great post!because you just know that your informative, well researched and useful post had gone a long way towards solving readers problems which at the very least, should have solicited a comment like “Interesting.”GREAT POST… INDEED!I say this, especially when a very innovative, thrifty idea is shared via a post and the writer is soliciting an urgent input from the reader thengets a comment like, “Great post!”.there are over 200 other words one can and should use in place of “Great.” To name just a few, here are some examples for the word: fabulous, stupendous, excellent, impressive, sensational, superb, brilliant, perfect and so on.NOT EVEN BY A PRESIDENTA word that first applied to gigantic things of extreme importance, may have hit rock bottom when it was used in a famous slogan to describe Corn Flakes. But even if we take greatness for granted, “Great” is a word with an intricate, long history that could never be summed up in a few words, even by a presidential candidate.If in fact, you printed the Oxford English Dictionary’s entire entry on “Great”, it would cover over 100 pages. The word “Great” has West Germanic roots and has been around since English antiquity.THAT VICTORY WAS HUGEThe journey of the word “Great” is about someone or something being exceptionally big: physically, even metaphorically. In its informal usage, the word huge used to refer to something of big importance or really good in terms of its overall importance, for example, ‘That victory was huge!’ ” Over the centuries, “Great” set thestandard for that kind of evolution.”GREAT CAN FEEL FLACCID AND MEANINGLESS.”In closing, today it would seem that when we use these alternative words, they generally have a tendency to steer the commentator towards having to take an honest or sincere stance. With such a broad range of uses, great can seriously feel a bit flaccidand meaningless at such times.
Great: a huge, important, meaningless word.
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