I am not a Grammar Nazi. Even though the featured photo represents what I’m tell you I’m not. I am indictable (so guilty) for some of these word offenses in Facebook status’, tweets and there is a minute (very small) chance that one of these pervasive articles is mocking me from one of my posts. Don’t worry, I hate myself for using it. Sometimes I get lazy and don’t feel like thinking of a puffy word. Why not throw one of these expendable (really useless) words in front of an adjective with fewer syllables and make it casual to understand? Besides, if I start pitching sizable and appropriate words I might be considered to be stroking my own ego (super cocky).
This word is the bane of my existence and I’m forced to see the word in daily, if not hourly, increments. The word adds nothing concrete to a sentence. For instance, the sentence, “The building is very large.” What’s the difference between large and very large? No one knows. The scale between the two could be immense or miniscule depending on the person. The scale could also be different between objects.
Here’s what you could do. If you’re trying to portray the immense size of something use a word with a better visual. Gargantuan. Vast. Elephantine.
Or give the object a concrete comparison. It was the size of a horse. Only use this if the object person is actually the size of a horse. You might have to get more specific with the horses breed for it to be accurate. It was the size of a Bhirum Pony in the August after its second year of life.
My qualms with this word are only with its use outside of the world of astronomy in its relation to the size of the ever expanding universe. The idea that something cannot be calculated at all is blasphemous to me. In my special world everything can be calculated like this. Is it bigger than my thumb? Yes. Congratulations, you have now calculated your object as larger than my thumb.
I have a similar disdain with this word as I do with very. You’re really angry? Oh yeah? You mean, you’re infuriated? Oh okay, now I have a better grasp of how angry you are. Your anger is the size of a Bhirum Pony in the August after its second year of life? That’s great that your anger is approximately 56 inches high.
How is anything unthinkable?! That’s Unfathomable!
Super size it! No, let’s not do that because the word super doesn’t even make sense in that phrase. Pleasantly size it! Other great uses of the word. I’m super happy! I don’t need to point out my inevitable rant about its use in front of adjectives.
My boyfriend broke up with me so I beat my horse. There are many things that can be done with two sentences pushed together with the word so. You could easily go into detail about these two occurrences or even separate them (without using so at the beginning of the second sentence) to create a less matter of fact, forced statement.
My boyfriend broke up with me on a Sunday. This inevitably led to me beating my horse on Tuesday.
That’s probably a bad example. But it’s sooooo good.