You know how people sometimes describe things as "cheesy"? Not food, but other things like a movie or a smile? Whenever I hear that it gives me pause to think. I never say it because I don't know exactly what it means. I know it means basically the same thing as "corny," but why did people start saying "cheesy"? Does it convey something extra or different? I don't get it. I really just don't get it. I certainly don't mind it if you say it--I want you to say it freely around me. But if you ever hear me say it I am either being fake or have just succumbed to peer pressure.
I also never say "amazing." OK, I rarely say "amazing." Think about it. Every time you hear the word "amazing," it's an exaggeration. For me, using the word "amazing" sparingly is a matter of principle just like not using antibiotics when I don't really need them. The overuse of antibiotics weakens their effect when they are genuinely necessary. Now when I want to refer to something that amazes me it's just not the same because people think, "Oh my gosh! Amazing? That sounds just like Red Mango! Or these flats I'm wearing! Or Gwyneth Paltrow's website! Or, guys--chocolate!"
Until I die I will not have my linguistic integrity removed from me.
*Bored by this post? Yeah, I should have reduced it to a Tweet. Can't win 'em all.