#BetterCommon: Awesome

September 22, 2015

Hi! This is a #BetterCommon post where we dissect common words and see how we can use them better!

Today’s word is ‘Awesome’


Meaning (from Oxford Dictionary)

- Extremely impressive or daunting; inspiring awe
- Extremely good or excellent

How we normally use it

Malaysians often use this word to emphasize how good something is; be it a situation, a particular food, person, phone (and the list goes on and on).

For example:

That restaurant serves awesome butter chicken, wei!

The denim jacket looks awesome on you.

I feel awesome today.

Other ways to use it

This word is possibly one of the easiest words to use, especially since it is very widely used. But if you want to use it in the most proper way, its usage should be limited to things that really amaze you, and take your breath away. It is after all, an extension of the word “awe,” which means: An overwhelming (sangat intense) feeling of reverence, admiration, fear, etc.

The view from the peak of Kota Kinabalu was awesome. It was nothing like I’ve seen before.

She has an awesome voice. She left us amazed when she sang her last song.

Fun fact: Did you know that people back in the 17th century did not use it to only describe positive things? It was also used to describe something incredibly terrifying or strange. Or something that scares but amazes people at the same time.

Think you know how to use ‘awesome’? Take the quiz!