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(LA Times)   Poet launches campaign to stamp out 'awesome'. Duuuuude   (latimes.com ) divider line
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2012-01-06 08:49:33 PM  
awesome.
 
2012-01-06 08:52:50 PM  
i1127.photobucket.com
 
2012-01-06 08:53:04 PM  
Let's get rid of "epic" instead.

/DNRTFA
 
2012-01-06 08:55:44 PM  
Good to see championing worthless causes is still a good way for a nobody douche to grab attention.
 
2012-01-06 08:55:53 PM  
unnecessarytoughness.files.wordpress.com
There. Much better.
 
2012-01-06 08:57:27 PM  
sweet
 
2012-01-06 08:59:08 PM  
This guy doesn't sound very awesome. In fact, he sounds like a prick.
 
2012-01-06 09:00:35 PM  

Kveld: Good to see championing worthless causes is still a good way for a nobody douche to grab attention.


Silly bugger has missed the boat by about 20 years anyway.

If I met him, I'd say "You're totes wickedawesome!" and then throw tins of soup at him.
 
2012-01-06 09:08:10 PM  
Take epic, random, awkward, and amazing too. Then people under 20 would be unable to speak.
 
2012-01-06 09:14:29 PM  
wanker
 
2012-01-06 09:14:47 PM  

FunkOut: If I met him, I'd say "You're totes wickedawesome!" and then throw tins of soup at him.


You young whippersnappers better keep your empty soup tins off of my lawn!
 
2012-01-06 09:24:26 PM  
True poets love language in ALL its forms. Dude's just looking for publicity as he most likely sucks.
 
2012-01-06 09:25:50 PM  
img849.imageshack.us

Dude, that's so not awesome.
 
2012-01-06 09:28:59 PM  
Dude needs to DIA Awesome F
 
2012-01-06 09:29:54 PM  
I don't think Awesome is a worthy target-a perfectly innocuous word. There should be, however, a drive to minimize cussing in conversational speech. I love four-letters like the next man, but it seems every third or fourth word in conversation is Fark this or shiat yeah, muthafarker. I know what you mean when you use language like this, but shiat, excessively it is a speech-crutch and doesn't show off how intelligent we are.

Just got home off the bus out of a cacophony of swearing.
 
2012-01-06 09:34:44 PM  
nodsw.com
 
2012-01-06 09:35:24 PM  
He's probably running hither and tither for several a fortnight yet to no avail, like thechildren of his ancesters who art thou, blah, blah, blah........

AWESOME
 
2012-01-06 09:41:44 PM  
If you want a worthy target, go after 'namsayin'. Using this lazy phrase as every fifth word is just as annoying as 'you know' and 'like'.
 
2012-01-06 09:45:38 PM  
Peachy keen.
 
2012-01-06 09:47:43 PM  

duckpoopy: Take epic, random, awkward, and amazing too. Then people under 20 would be unable to speak.


You forgot swag, as in "You're rocking them awesome Levis, Erzsebet. Them's swag."

/Yes, I have heard that statement actually said aloud before, except for the username part of it.
//When I was a kid, swag meant "stuff we all get," and it was free.
 
2012-01-06 10:00:24 PM  
"Awesome," according to one dictionary of slang, is "something Americans use to describe everything." The linguistic overkill horrifies John Tottenham. So the British-born L.A. poet, painter and journalist has launched what he calls the Campaign to Stamp Out Awesome, or CPSOA. "Saying the word in my presence is like waving a crucifix in a vampire's face," Tottenham says. "It's boiled down to one catchall superlative that's completely meaningless."


Jesus, what a queer. I hope somebody stabs him in the brain. That would be awesome.
 
2012-01-06 10:13:40 PM  
Gonad the Ballbarian: True poets love language in ALL its forms. Dude's just looking for publicity as he most likely sucks.


Exactly. Not to mention that pretentiousness in any setting is never awesome.
 
2012-01-06 10:16:24 PM  
26.media.tumblr.com

Really?
 
2012-01-06 10:26:11 PM  

Why Would I Read the Article: "Awesome," according to one dictionary of slang, is "something Americans use to describe everything." The linguistic overkill horrifies John Tottenham. So the British-born L.A. poet, painter and journalist has launched what he calls the Campaign to Stamp Out Awesome, or CPSOA. "Saying the word in my presence is like waving a crucifix in a vampire's face," Tottenham says. "It's boiled down to one catchall superlative that's completely meaningless."


Jesus, what a queer. I hope somebody stabs him in the brain. That would be awesome.


Well, there's your problem.
 
2012-01-06 10:28:37 PM  
bbs.dimondsoft.com
 
2012-01-06 10:31:28 PM  
Mr. Poet, your request to rid the world of "awesome" is granted.

As compensation, the phrase "uptight prick" with now be replaced with the insult "Tottenham". Usage: "Dude! Don't be such a Tottenham!"
 
2012-01-06 10:39:56 PM  
I have a feeling that he will be hearing the word douche bag a lot more that awesome in the future.
 
2012-01-06 10:40:17 PM  
Far out, man.
 
2012-01-06 10:47:13 PM  
Bogus!
 
2012-01-06 10:49:06 PM  
Oh boy - a "poet" is angry about how we use language.

i445.photobucket.com
 
2012-01-06 10:50:19 PM  

Bully!

 
2012-01-06 10:51:09 PM  
Get rid of "awesome"? That's totes cray-cray!
 
2012-01-06 10:54:14 PM  
Not a word, but what we really need to kill is using "Just kidding!" for when you fark up.

/No you're not kidding, you said the wrong thing
 
2012-01-06 10:58:11 PM  
We'll stop saying "awesome" when the Brits quit saying, "Brilliant."
 
2012-01-06 11:08:58 PM  

phlegmmo: If you want a worthy target, go after 'namsayin'. Using this lazy phrase as every fifth word is just as annoying as 'you know' and 'like'.


Strongly seconded.
 
2012-01-06 11:15:46 PM  

40percentrobot: Let's get rid of "epic" instead.

/DNRTFA


And bring back "groovy".
 
2012-01-06 11:28:09 PM  
Too late.
 
2012-01-06 11:29:58 PM  
It wont 8 Oscars that year.

robsmovievault.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-01-06 11:52:00 PM  
In all fairness, there is an awful lot of awesomeness with a dash of awesomesauce in every awesome, some people just can't handle it, they find it too awesome. I hear it feels like a hangover but more awesome
 
2012-01-06 11:58:52 PM  
most heinous.
 
2012-01-07 12:22:42 AM  
I'm trying to bring back "how's that"

And maybe gams.
 
2012-01-07 12:26:09 AM  

Mawson of the Antarctic: I don't think Awesome is a worthy target-a perfectly innocuous word. There should be, however, a drive to minimize cussing in conversational speech. I love four-letters like the next man, but it seems every third or fourth word in conversation is Fark this or shiat yeah, muthafarker. I know what you mean when you use language like this, but shiat, excessively it is a speech-crutch and doesn't show off how intelligent we are.

Just got home off the bus out of a cacophony of swearing.


The less one swears , the more it reduces pain to swear.
 
2012-01-07 12:26:45 AM  

Smackledorfer: I'm trying to bring back "how's that"

And maybe gams.


We can't bust heads like we used to. But we have our ways. One trick is to tell stories that don't go anywhere. Like the time I caught the ferry to Shelbyville. I needed a new heel for m'shoe. So I decided to go to Morganville, which is what they called Shelbyville in those days. So I tied an onion to my belt. Which was the style at the time. Now, to take the ferry cost a nickel, and in those days, nickels had pictures of bumblebees on 'em. Gimme five bees for a quarter, you'd say. Now where was I... oh yeah. The important thing was that I had an onion tied to my belt, which was the style at the time. You couldn't get white onions, because of the war. The only thing you could get was those big yellow ones...
 
2012-01-07 12:31:04 AM  
Well, you know, that's pretty sweet. Cool in a groovy sort of way. Totally far out really. For sure but whatevs. Could be lame or it could be the bomb. Funky and fresh as long as it's not audi five. Well, I gotta jet, catch you on the flip side dawg. It's all good.
 
2012-01-07 12:36:05 AM  
runfinchyrun.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-01-07 12:36:46 AM  
What? Like a hot dog?
 
2012-01-07 12:53:33 AM  
I say we go to this douchebag's hometown in the UK and initiate a ban on 'bloody'.
 
2012-01-07 01:03:31 AM  

eyehate: I say we go to this douchebag's hometown in the UK and initiate a ban on 'bloody'.


I'm all for that. I wish I can get my nerd friends to stop saying shiate (rhymes w right) instead of shiat. C'mon! You're from the Midwest, not the highlands of Scotland.
 
2012-01-07 01:31:49 AM  
Awesome's overused, but this guy's campaign makes me want to use it even more.
 
2012-01-07 01:47:05 AM  
Saying radical is still cool though, right?
 
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