Monday, May 18, 2009

everything is large

I get interested sometimes in the tiny changes we see in the English language every couple of years, the way certain words or turns of phrase become chic or stale. Remember in 2007, for instance, when everything coming together was "jelling" (or worse, "gelling") and everything that was really big was "ginormous?"

Maybe it's just me, but I've noticed in the last 6 months or so that suddenly the adjective "large" has become the stock or semi-formal or more serious adjective of choice for describing any positive extreme. In the last week or so, I've seen it called to stand in not only for "big," but also for "high," "important," and "long." Admittedly, it can be used to describe length, for instance, but it certainly shouldn't be the go-to word for such occasions.

What the hell, people? There are other words!

That being said, none of these are as bad as the botched Shakespeareanism I saw on a blog today lamenting not having Howard Dean as DNC chair anymore to take on Michael Steele: "Where art thou, Howard Dean?" Ouch.

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