March 22, 2003

AWE: When Good Words Go to War

Consider: Shock and Terror. Shock and Fear. Or Shock and Dread.

Awe, n. [OE. a[yogh]e, aghe, fr. Icel. agi; akin to AS. ege, [=o]ga, Goth. agis

The emotion inspired by something dreadful and sublime; an undefined sense of the dreadful and the sublime; reverential fear, or solemn wonder; profound reverence.

Please, sirs, give us back the word awe whose darker meaning can indeed speak of dread, and power and overwhelming forboding.

Give us back its meaning that describes that which makes the heart tremble with respect, makes the mind soar fearfully toward the sublime and causes the spirit to ponder, be still and know.

Awe is the heart of wonder, and wonder the beginning of wisdom.

Posted by fred1st at March 22, 2003 05:37 AM | TrackBack

This makes "awe" a far more powerful state than our commonly used watered down version. We water down far too many things, lingual and otherwise.

Posted by: Josh at March 22, 2003 10:59 AM

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