Awesome Drivel ~ a poem

Nobody seems to say “awesome” these days.

Maybe it’s too last year – rather passé,
though “rather” has been relegated to rich Etonians in the UK,
who are deemed to utter “I say, rahhther…”, with irritating regularity,
and folk don’t say “passé” –
it would seem “passé” is a past fashion,
which was only ever used by elegant types anyway,
give or take the odd bohemian.

Another word long gone, along with flappers in their spiffing frocks,
jolly good chaps being top-hole,
and groovy chicks doing the twist to fab Beatles tunes.

Wonderful, marvellous and outstanding are OK,
while a smidgeon too run-of-the-mill;
but we never say “run-of-the-mill”
and nor do we speak of a “smidgeon” these days,

Maybe it’s been replaced by by a tad.

I’m so square when it comes to lingo –
except the word “square” hasn’t been cool
since Teddy boys grew too respectable to tear up cinema seats,
I haven’t heard “lingo” since 1994,
and I fear that while I wasn’t looking
“cool” may have fallen through the floor
into the cemetery of outdated words.

My ignorance makes me feel like a savage,
yet when the young say “savage”, they mean awesome,
which brings me back to the question of whether “awesome”
has ceased to be de rigueur.

As for “de rigueur”,
who knows?


The Daily Post #Savage

©Jane Paterson Basil


30 thoughts on “Awesome Drivel ~ a poem

  1. In Canada, I still hear the word “awesome” used in conversation. With too much regularity. For myself, awesome would be applied to the Grand Canyon or the Milky Way. Not the latest film or personal event.

    Never mind. I use words that have since dropped off the radar. Like “groovy”. Or , “too much”. “Sweet”, etc. I have plenty. I try to avoid the inflections of rising crescendos, with them.

    The word “like” is one still irritating. Used as a preface to certain statements. Like, er you know? Like. Like this or that. When something is the same? No, it’s similar, not the same. Like you know, it’s the same as being a twerp? How’s that for dated language? It’s all very groovy. Grotty etc. Dead grotty. Cheers Jamie

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    1. Thanks for the fantabulous comment, Jamie, I’m, like, totally made up that you took the trouble to read, and to respond. I think I’ll give you a smiley face 🙂
      It irritated me when someone uses “like” instead of saying “I said”, or “I thought”, as in “So I’m like, what’s he doin’?”

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      1. no most of us would be offended but as your post was about use of words I felt a need to respond appropriately … what a total misuse of the English language .. a bit sick if I don’t say so myself 🙂

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        1. I remember when the word wicked got turned upside down, over twenty five years ago. I was totally confused the first time someone said that my shop was wicked. I thought he was suggesting some kind of evil intent on my part. I was selling cruelty free cosmetic back then and I couldn’t figure out what was so bad about them 🙂

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  2. I got quite a kick out of this. I just spent a couple days binge-watching Project Runway Season 15 and I’ve never heard the word DOPE used so much in my life — as in that’s so cool! Who makes up these definitions and changes them all around???

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    1. Dope! That’s sick – as in awesome. I haven’t come across that one. I’ll have to try it on my eldest grandson. What do I say? That’s dope… that’s so dope… Wow! Dope… or just Dope…?
      I gotta get it right. I don’t want to look uncool 🙂

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      1. It’s a fairly common expression, in US and Canada right now. That’s so dope, etc. Just substitute for kewl. Hopefully, I’ll never use it. Sounds stupid to me. All these people for whom drugs are an anathema using the word, dope. Defies belief …. Just another way drug use is normalized and pushed into society IMO. I first heard it about eight years back. Working with high schoolers at Wallies. Also I watch motorcycle videos on youtube where some of them use the word. Cheers Jamie

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        1. I take your point. I was offended when ‘gay’ came into usage as an insult. It would be irresponsible to try the word out on anyone, particularly my eldest grandson. He was drawn into drugs in quite a big way, with the help of his uncle (my son) when he was fourteen. He’s 20 now, and he disentangled himself from the scene about a year ago, but it was pretty scary.
          thank you for being the voice of reason. I appreciate your straightforward comments, and am especially grateful for this one..

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  3. You’re welcome Jane. No prob. All of those “hip” words or is it “hep”? Mostly come from drug culture one way or another. Sure back in the day … I tried most psychedelic ones. Canada is going to legalize cannabis next year. We’ll see?

    Opioids are just bad news. So terribly addictive. Then people lose all reason, when the body screams out for more.

    Gambling is my pet peeve. Now legalized by our country and pushed. Most of them, casinos, are on First Nations land. But the addiction is horrific. Along with the gambling comes the prostitution and mafia types. I was once in Las Vegas for a long weekend, it was so-o-o-o boring! These days everything is “cool”. When what we meant in sixties was “hot”. Ah well, in twenty years it will be something else. Cheers Jamie

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    1. Vegas is pretty much the last place in the world I’d want to be. My mum was a lovely woman with two addictions. One of them was gambling, though with her it was sweepstakes. In later life it took her two years to blow a fat inheritance which she could otherwise have spent on having fun. She was so ashamed – always trying to hide both that and the alcohol. It was heartbreaking. It’s left me with a hatred of all forms of gambling.

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  4. I like smidgen and tad. Use them as the mood takes me! But then I reckon at my age I can use whatever words appeal to me and to hell with trends. And at my age too, keeping up linguistically would look a bit stupid, and I’d rather be eccentric than mutton speaking as lamb.

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    1. I feel the same way, but I like to use ridiculous words and phrases ironically. It amuses the grandchildren when I use rap-style phrases like “Wass up, my man, have you been chillin’ with your homies”, in a fake uppercrust accent. Or maybe it only amuses me…


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