Whatever Happened to ‘Awesome’?

I miss what that word used to mean.IMG_9177 adj

 by Andy Scheer

I paid the guy at the garage sale for a picture frame.

“Awesome,” he said.

I bit my tongue. Yes, the 8×10 picture frame was still shrink-wrapped. But the most generous adjective I’d give it was nice.

I’m old enough to remember when awesome was rare. Few things truly inspire awe. Goosebumps don’t come often. But when they did, awesome was a useful word.

Like the morning, on a trip to Israel, I awoke before dawn and trekked to a vantage point on the Mount of Olives and watched the sun begin to shine on the ancient Temple Mount. Awesome.

Or the first time our family drove to the Grand Canyon and walked toward the edge. Awesome.

In my decades, I’ve had few such moments. But if I ever have another, I fear I’ll no longer have a word for the experience. I’d hate to compare a goosebumps moment to a one-dollar picture frame.

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About Andy Scheer

With more than 30 years in publishing, Andy Scheer has provided freelance editorial services since 2010. He has edited fiction and nonfiction for publishers including Moody, WinePress, and BelieversPress, as well as for clients including Dirk Cussler, McNair Wilson, DiAnn Mills, Heather Day Gilbert, and Sammy Tippit.

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