Your shoes are not ‘epic’

My latest bête noire is this modern tendency to use ‘epic’ to mean ‘fantastic’ or ‘amazing’. ‘Awesome’ was bad enough, when used to describe things that, at best, created a moderately positive impression but inspired no true awe, but ‘epic’ is infinitely more annoying.

For those in any doubt:

EPIC /ˈepik/

1. A long poem, typically derived from oral tradition, narrating the deeds and adventures of heroic or legendary figures or the history of a nation.
2. The genre of such poems.
3. A long film, book, or other work portraying heroic deeds and adventures or covering an extended period of time.

1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of an epic or epics.
2. Heroic or grand in scale or character.

~noun: epos; epopee
~adjective: heroic; epical

Which may get us onto current misuse of ‘hero’ and, by extension, ‘genius’, but I’ll save them for another rant another time…


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