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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Alternatives for Awesome

Alternatives is a recurring post in which I give synonyms for an over used word. Click on the tab above for a "complete" list of over used words. 

Depending on how you use it, this list may come in handy for finding another way to say the same thing. - Custom comment codes for MySpace, Hi5, Friendster and more
Today's word is: Awesome!

If you think amaze/amazing had a lot of alternative possibilities, get a load of AWESOME. It's... ELECTRIFYING!

A-1, agog, alarming, alluring, amazing, animating, A-OK,  astonishing, astound/astounding, attracting/attractive, awe-inspiring

bang-up, banner, beautiful, beguiling, bewitching, blue-chip, blue-ribbon, boffo, bonny/bonnie, boss, brag, brave, breathtaking, bully, bumper

capital, captivating, charming, choice, classic, confound, conspicuous, cool, cool beans, corking, crackerjack, cracking,

dandy, daze, dazzle, Dear me!, divine, dreadful, dumbfound, dynamite

electrify/electrifying, enchanting, energizing, enlightening, enlivening, entertaining, enthralling, exalted, excellent, exceptional, exciting, extraordinary, eye-opening

fab, fabulous, famous, fantabulous, fantastic, far out, fascinating, fearful, fearsome, fine, first-class, first-rate, first-string, five-star, formidable, four-star, frantic, frightening, frontline

galvanizing, gangbusters, gape, gilt-edged, gone, grand, great, groovy

hairy, Heavens!, Heavens to Betsy!, heavenly, high-class, hold one’s breath, horrible/horrifying hot, hype

immense, impressive, imposing, impressive, incomprehensible, inconceivable, incredible, Indeed!, interesting, intimidating, invigorating



Lo and behold!, Lo!, look blank, lovely

majestic, magnificent, marvelous, mean, mind-bending, mind-blowing, mind-boggling, miraculous, monstrous, moving

neat, neato, nervous, niffy, noble, not believe one’s eye/ears/senses, notable, noticeable, number one, numero uno

out-of-sight, outstanding, overwhelming

par excellence, peachy, peachy keen, phat, phenomenal, portentous, prime, primo, prize, prizewinning, prodigious 

radical, rare, real gone, Really!, redouble, remarkable, righteous

sensational, shocking, singular, slick, smashing, something else, spectacular, splendid, staggering, stand aghast, stand in awe of, stellar, sterling, stimulating, strike dumb, strike with wonder/awe, striking, stun/stunning, stupefaction, stupefy/stupefying/stupendous, stupor, sublime, super, superb, superior, superlative, supernal, Surely!, surprise/surprising, swell

take one’s breath away, terrible, terrific, terrifying, the bees knees, tip-top, top-flight,
top-hat, top-notch, top-of-the-line, topping, top-shelf, tremendous, turn up one’s eyes

unbelievable, uncommon, unimaginable, unique, unsurpassed, unthinkable, unusual, unwonted

wizard, wonderful, wonder-working, wondrous

zero cool, Zounds!



  1. This list I need because I use awesome a lot! Not in my writing, just in posts in comments.

  2. I try not to overuse favourite words but it is darn hard to see them sometimes. I reckon they just sneak in to my work whilst I am asleep!

  3. This is . . . awesome! Overused, I know. Love your list.

  4. I love this list! I use awesome way too much.

  5. I had to laugh when I read this because I love the word awesome. You gave me so many great alternatives to this word! What an exhilerating list. :)


  6. WOW! My little granddaughter has learned to say AWESOME at about 16 months, but I still can't get her to say 'my grandma is awesome'. Maybe I should work on one of these alternative.

  7. love this post! Totally need this list too. :)

    Happy Friday!


  8. This post made my day. First I watched You're The One That I Want and then I watched Summer Loving. :D

    Great list. I'm guilty of abusing awesome.

  9. Great list. So thorough!

    The trouble with overused words is that when they really apply -- when something really IS awesome -- you can't call it that because it sounds cheap and cliche.

  10. Love it!

    Since moving to the UK, I find myself using 'brilliant' a lot more than 'aweseome'.

  11. I posted about this on fb last week. My choice was "cool beans" and I've started using it. I love that!

  12. I say AWESOME way too much. I'm going to start saying MAJESTIC and try to start a new trend...

  13. I use this word way, way too much. I should probably bookmark this post. :)


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