The battle over ‘awesome’ rages on

A magazine traces the word’s descent from the realm of Zeus to Valley Girl-speak and beyond. It’s enough to make you want to, like, totally vent on Facebook.

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We here at thought we had settled the question once and for all months ago: The word awesome just isn’t, one of our contributors ruled.

Apparently our outsized influence in the English language hasn’t stopped people everywhere from using awesome. Nor has the debate about its use subsided.

You can’t get through a conversation with some people without hearing repeatedly how awesome things are, meant in the sense people once said boss, neat-o, peachy keen, sick and wicked. (Or do people still use some of these? We lost track.)

There are Facebook pages on which curmudgeons denounce the word, and rival pages where you can list every awesome thing you can think of. (Like hot soup! On a cold night! What could be more awesome than that?)

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