Checking one’s facebook page in the morning is probably one of the first things done by any “normal” facebook addict. Well, having said that, I am one of them. So this morning, still sleepily taking a few sips of my coffee, I stumbled across a post which caught my eye immediately. No, it was not a post about kittens and no it was also no post revealing any shocking confessions of one of my fb friends. It was a word that caught me off guard and instantly made me snap wide awake; the word was amaze.
You may ask yourself why I am so intrigued by this word and the answer is simple: its usage. Having been familiar with it being used as a noun as well as a verb, I have recently noticed amaze being used as an adjective. Apparently, one can look amaze in a new dress and buy amaze mugs and Tshirts.
The Urban Dictionary, a dictionary dealing with slang and phrases, defines this new usage as being used by “annoying teenage girls”, as “the better, in fact BEST, way to say something is amazing” or simply referring to amazing. Seeing the usage of amaze expand makes me think about the consequences for the good old amazing. What do you think? Is amaze just a temporary trend or is it here to stay? How acceptable is amaze?