Put the AWE in AWESOME

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Jill Shargaa explains how overused the word “awesome” has become. She goes to say that we use the word “awesome” to explain how our sandwich was. The dictionary describes the word “awe” as fear mingled with admiration. I don’t think sandwiches are worthy enough for my admiration and if it is then you really need to raise the bar on what you admire. She then goes into 10 things that deserve the word awesome. I will be explaining one of the topics she puts on her list.

I chose to analyze the time from 5:11- 5:31. She escalated her enthusiasm of the 10 things she believed deserved the word awesome. When she got to her shark topic, she was just so energetic which affected the crowd to also listen and be intrigued by what she was so excited to tell everybody. Her hand gestures were very prominent during the whole presentation. During the shark topic, she motioned her hands as the teeth of the shark to help visualize how awesome sharks regrowing their teeth were and how they were predators to be feared. Her facial expression also exemplified, if she was a shark, how the teeth would grow beside each other by showing her teeth. Her choices of topic were wide ranged so they encompassed most types of people who could try using the word awesome correctly. Her word choice was awesome because I admired, in fear of course, how smoothly she flowed to explain how to use the word awesome and to explain topics that deserve the word awesome. I feel that the meaning of the topic was well understood because it is a common word that everybody uses and Shargaa explains in a simple way so that everybody can understand. Her over exaggeration of hand movements and facial gestures also helped convey her topic in a more fun and entertaining way. This helps people be involved and listen to what Shargaa has to say. Her presentation had many pictures like a pecha kucha but a few words like “yes, awesome” or “not awesome.” This was simple to understand so people don’t have to read too much and have time to just listen to what she has to say. I feel I have typed the word awesome many times now.

Please, please, people. Let’s put the “awe” back in “awesome”


3 thoughts on “Put the AWE in AWESOME”

  1. I like that you use the word “awesome” in the midst of your post: “Her word choice was awesome” ;). You talk a lot about the word awesome here, and the presentation makes a lot of use of the word—but is the primary purpose of the video to make us think about the way we use the word awesome, or is there another agenda? What do you think the main purpose of the talk is?

    1. I believe what she was trying to say was that the way we use the word awesome is being used incorrectly. We use it for everyday things like sandwiches but do sandwiches really deserve the word awesome? She just wants to put the information out there that many people are using it wrong so they should watch this video to correct their ways. The other agenda I just thought of was to show off her 10 things that deserve the word awesome. I mean, come on. Bees? They FEED us. They are awesome.

  2. Funny fact: when I clicked into the link, my laptop was muted and I couldn’t hear any sound. However, I was still shocked by her exaggerated body movement and facial expression. At the beginning I thought she was really serious and tried to stress the point that they were way more things should be addressed as ‘awesome’. On the contrary, Jill Shargaa used the language such as ‘Hell Yeah’ and the changing tones to engage the audiences more. By making the audiences enjoy the show, she managed to support her argument better.

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