January 5, 2011
(Seriously – the best post ever.)
Of course, I’ll change my mind when I stop writing this post. I’ll go and find the next best thing ever (which coincidently is: http://www.vandermemes.com). Consistently throughout my day I will declare something “the best” only to subject myself (and my readers/followers/stalkers) with something “even better” just a few minutes later. (Which, by definition, is kind of impossible). Why do I do this?
Hyperbole has taken over our vernacular. Is this the result of entire generations growing up on Madison Avenue hype and corporate messaging? Or is this the result of an education system that doesn’t teach kids the real meaning of superlatives – resulting in consistent misuse of words. I don’t know, but it is starting to bug me.
So what’s your point?
I’m going to make a concerted effort in 2011 to not use hyperbole to describe things. I won’t promise that I won’t do it; after all, excitement sometimes can’t be contained, but I will promise an all-out effort to maintain perspective in life. I think proper perspective allows you to really understand the situations around you and react properly. I challenge you to do the same. By being more eloquent with your descriptions, we can converse with each other better.
Do you find yourself using too many superlatives and hyperbole? Do you think you can make yourself stop? What are some helpful tips to accomplish this?