Let’s put the ‘awe’ back in ‘awesome’

This is a presentation by Jill Shargaa, a comedian, about the misuse of the word awesome. In her presentation she discussed how people mistake the word awesome for words like nice, great, delicious and even thank you. She gave perfect examples of scenarios when awesome can be used based on the definition she gave.

In the time frame of 04:23 to 04:42 minutes of the presentation, she was discussing how ‘awesome’ landing on the moon is. Looking closely at the presentation within this time frame, Jill combined various multimodal elements to effectively convey her message.

Jill’s word choice was rather unethical. She used informal phrases like come on and are you kidding me to emphasized her point. This is an informal presentation so such phrases are allowed to relax the audience. Since Jill is a comedian, she yelled and prolonged certain phrases to make her presentation entertaining and to humor the audience.

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She also uses images and words to communicate her message through a slide show. In the image above she uses the sentence “Yes, awesome” to tell the audience that the moon landing was awesome. Her use of words was rather informal and satirical. The image above the text shows the 1969 moon landing, which was exactly what she was talking about, was awesome.

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In the image above the instance when she was yelling “landing on the moon come on!” She is kneeling and her hands are positioned like she is crying to the audience. She is trying to emphasize how ‘awesome’ the 1969 moon landing is. By putting herself in that position and yelling she is emphasizing how important that part of the presentation is. After she said ‘that’s from like here to the moon” she made a surprised facial expression to emphasize how far away the moon is from earth and to create a comical impression on the audience. This is noticed because after she did it, she waited to give the audience time to laugh before she returned to her presentation.

By combining all these various elements into her presentation, she created an informative yet comical presentation. She successfully conveyed her message to the audience and also created a relaxed atmosphere that left the audience in laughter.

4 thoughts on “Let’s put the ‘awe’ back in ‘awesome’”

  1. Although I agree with you that she did do a very good job in conveying her message, I am unsure if, as she insists, her message is very true. Yes people use “awesome” all the time, so yes it is not being used how it should be. However, that is not necessarily a bad thing. As people use good and awesome more interchangeably new word will arise to show new degrees of goodness that will replace words such as awesome. The meaning of words changes throughout the years, it is not good or bad it just is.

  2. Her body language and choice of words were pretty insisting when she was mentioning things that are not awesome. It is not exactly a bad thing to use awesome in every sentence but it takes the important out of the word. When someone makes a comment with awesome it is meant to be a very big appreciation of effort but with the daily use of awesome, it no long has such a high value.

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