Would you like to hear something awesome?
The author of the latest Fowler's Dictionary of Modern English Usage hates some of the 250 new entries he has included such as challenging, issue and, you've guessed it, awesome, all of which are classified as clichés.
Even worse, says Jeremy Butterfield, is the word like in a sentence when used as verbal punctuation. 'Many people below the age of 25.... seem incapable of constructing a single affirmative sentence without at least one 'like in it,' he says in The Times this week.
His entry for 'achingly' features a jibe at "superficial and gushy journalists" who use the word to describe someone's attempt to be hip, rather than something that causes actual pain. And as for people who drop their aitches - well that's another story.
Whether he likes it or not, language is changing all the time and a dictionary without the latest 'in' words would surely not be complete.
I still have my school version of Fowler's Dictionary but perhaps it's time I got the updated version?
Published this week by Oxford University Press the book is available here