Awe and Awesome

Words change over time. Awe and awesome have taken on new meanings from their original usage. I enjoyed today’s featured article. I particularly found the author’s suggestions for using other words instead of the overused word ‘awesome’ very helpful.

 

Words, like human bodies, become enfeebled over time. Awe and awesome are two such words.

In the early Middle Ages, awe meant “immediate and active fear; terror, dread.” Because awe was frequently used to describe the fear inspired by the divine, it came to mean, “dread mingled with veneration.” Click here to read this helpful article.

Nancy

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