Friday, January 18, 2013

The post where I judge myself for using the word "adorable"

The Spouse has on occasion been noted to be a tad optimistic, in the vein of the Fast Show's "Brilliant!" sketch. I don't know if I can blame him for this, but I think I am guilty of doing the same with exclamation of "Adorable!"

It started off so innocently. I love puppies and kittens and baby animals as much as the next person, and they have cheered many a gloomy day (gloomy Dane?) with their cuteness. In this context, adorable is a perfectly appropriate, if over-used, adjective. Only I didn't stop there. I started applying it to people, and while that was and is well-intentioned enough, I would feel a little patronised if a small Belgian were to call me adorable. Yet I didn't stop there either. I applied it to articles and objects well beyond the intended reach of the adjective.

Given my recent martial viewing, it is only a matter of time before I start calling nuclear weapons and assault rifles adorable. This must be stopped. Someone roll up a newspaper and hit me with it the next time I try this tomfoolery.

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