Communication Tip #82
Three words many people misuse:
- PRODIGAL means being wastefully or recklessly extravagant. Being a spendthrift. It does not mean leaving home or falling into disgrace—except for that spendthrift thing.
- PENULTIMATE means second to the last. It does not mean exceptional. This is my penultimate word. The last is the word awesome.
- AWESOME describes something that is magnificent, horrendous, or inspires overwhelming inspiration or fear–anything that causes us to drop our jaws in awe. God, the Northern Lights, a multi-car pile-up are awesome. However, most clothes, TV shows, songs, everyday comments, etc., are not awesome. Please take an additional second to think of the appropriate adjective. I thank you for that.