Friday, April 1, 2011

A is for Awesome

Awesome is the new word…or maybe not so new, but the current word to express what similar words have done before it. I don’t know who first brought about this trend, but that person was awesome. Perhaps it was started as dialogue in a movie or on a T.V. show. Regardless…awesome is…well…awesome.

Before awesome we had some pretty great words. I racked my brain on this one, but I can’t remember the trend in the 90’s, however, in the 80’s it was heavy. I’ll never forget the line in the film, Back to the Future, when Dr. Brown said, “There’s that word again. Heavy. Is there something wrong with the gravitational pull in the future?”

Now I have to tell you, as a child of the 60’s, which means I was a teenager, too young to run off and become a flower child, but not to young to repeat the favorite and very original word, groovy. I can also tell you with certainty that The Beatles didn’t start that particular trend.

Before groovy there was cool which was still great in the 60’s and maybe still is. When my mother was a young girl it was swell. Lois Lane had an issue with Clark Kent when he used the word swell.

So there you have it, all awesome words if you ask me.

Do you remember the word for the 90’s?

36 comments:

Siv Maria said...

Nice to meet you. I am a late 50's model and remember the 70's well, ha ha, at least what my brain decided to remember. I am not sure about the 90's awesom word or phrase. I did get alot of "What-ever" from my daughter though :)

N. R. Williams said...

Yes, that is true, Siv, I still get, "what ever."
Nancy

Manzanita said...

Don't know about the '90's but this post is the "Bee's Knee's."
Manzanita
Wanna buy a duck

N. R. Williams said...

Thank you, Manzanita.
Nancy

Karen Walker said...

I was a teenager in the 60's as well. I remember groovy. I have no clue what the word is for the 90's.
Karen

baygirl32 said...

Awsome post (had to) stopping by from the A to Z

http://baygirl32.blogspot.com

nutschell said...

You know what's awesome? This blog!Drop by my blog sometime. You have an AWARD waiting for you

Giggle, Laugh, Cry said...

90s word? My guess is 'SWEET'!

By the way, I found you with the A-Z challenge. I'm on there too!
gigglelaughcry.blogspot.com

N. R. Williams said...

Thank you Karen, for stopping by.

Nice to meet you BayGirl and Giggle. You may be right about, sweet. LOL

Hi Nut, I'm on my way.
Nancy

Tiger85 said...

Funny post LOL, the word for the 90's I believe was "that rocks" and "whatever" was definately one of them to. Also "cool" was back and all this time I thought it was a 90's thing. Another one which you know well is "WHY" LOL =)

http://tigeronmybookshelf.blogspot.com/

J.L. Campbell said...

I'm not all that old, but apparently I'm stuck in the past. I use 'cool' all the time.

N. R. Williams said...

Yes my roaring tiger, I do know why. LOL Mom.

Hi, J. L.; Cool is just plain...cool, I think.

Thank you both for stopping by and leaving a comment.
Nancy

The Golden Eagle said...

Awesome. :D

Great start to the A-Z Challenge!

Trevor Peck said...

"Totally" was hanging around in the '90's. Seeing "swell" is giving me some "Leave It To Beaver" flashbacks! LOL

Great post - Happy A2Z!

Katie Mills said...

LOL, IN france they say something or someone is 'heavy' if they're annoying. I still use 'cool' (doesn't everyone?) I love 'awesome' but will never, ever, feel comfortable saying 'epic'.

N. R. Williams said...

Thank you, Golden.

Hi Trevor, I didn't even think of Leave it to Beaver.

Me neither, Katie...no epic here, except in my writing. LOL

Thanks all for dropping by.
Nancy

Ann Best said...

I don't seem to remember very much lately.

But I do tend to use Awesome a lot. And I really like that line in Back to the Future. I'd forgotten it!

DEZMOND said...

love the new look of your place, N.R. ;)

Not So Simply Single said...

Awesome, simply awesome...love that word.

Never used groovy, but used "cool" more than I care to remember...

The new phrase I detest, "my bad". Ugh. I cringe every time I hear it.

Don't like "chillax" either.

Have a good one!

Lisa

N. R. Williams said...

Hi Ann, I like awesome too.

Thank you Dezmond.

Hi Not So, I hadn't heard of chillax, I guess I'm behind the times.

Thank you for coming by.
Nancy

Jeffrey Beesler said...

I'm not even sure what the word of the 90's was. And that was the decade I spent in my adolescence! Yikes.

Stephen Tremp said...

I barely remember groovy. Swell, nope. But cool is still used. At least I use it. Hope I'm not dating myself and find out cool hasn't been cool for years.

N. R. Williams said...

Hi Jeffrey, yeah...I have no idea what word it was.

Who can forget groovy, Stephen, you just need some old vinyl records.

Thank you both for dropping in.
Nancy

Matt Conlon said...

I think the 90s introduced "Sweet".

N. R. Williams said...

You're probably right, Matt. Thanks for stopping by.
Nancy

The Words Crafter said...

Bad. Sweet. Boss. Narly. Kicking. Rocking.

Those are some I remember.....

Awesome post :)

Sheila said...

I use awesome a lot and still use cool. The thing my 2nd graders do and say a lot (Thank you Diary of a Wimpy Kid) "Cheese Touch" as they poke you and walk away quickly. Nice post!


~~Sheila
Reviewer & Writer
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Penned Pebbles said...

I say it's awesome! Happy A2Z2U!

Penned Pebbles

L'Aussie said...

Awesome first post Nancy.

Denise<3

A - Z Challenge L'Aussie Travel

Snakesmom said...

I remember people saying "totally rad" but I am not sure if that was a 90's thing or a 80's?
Very nice post for the letter "A", looking forward to B-Z! :)

Seams Inspired said...

I remember Lionel Richie hosting an awards show...the AMA's or Grammy's and all he kept shouting was, "Awesome!" :o) As for the 90s word, I can't remember. I was too busy working, getting married, and having babies. ;o)

Visiting from the A to Z challenge. Happy Saturday! :o)

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, Nancy,

THE 90's expression for awesome is ... THE "BOMB"... I looked it up just to make sure.

Oh, how fun. I really like you're post...

N. R. Williams said...

Thank you, words, Sheila, Penned, Denise, Seams, Snakesmon, and Michael and we have a definitive answer..."Bomb."
Nancy

L. Diane Wolfe said...

All I know is that in England the word is brilliant.

Jamie said...

What a great post---really kind of awesome! :)

I am an A to Z'er..just dropping in to check out your posts. Love what I see and I will be back.

N. R. Williams said...

Thank you, L. Diane.

Nice to meet you Jamie, sorry I didn't find this sooner.
Nancy