The Coolest Thing I Have Ever Seen

“It was the coolest thing I have ever seen.”

That was the quote that came out of the girl’s mouth at an amusement park I visited this past weekend. What was she referring to? A batman-themed poncho that included both his signature logo and authentic bat ears on the hood.  A $9.99 novelty rain coat at Great America.  For kids. Over-exaggeration? Absolutely yes. But it got me thinking: how many times is this phrase over-used?  The answer is, of course, a ton.

How many times have you overheard someone wildly explaining a weekend story with the passion and vigor of a professional story teller, only to end with “It was the coolest thing I have ever seen”?  What a way to ruin the enthusiasm of a story.  That phrase has now lost all emphasis.  How am I supposed to believe it truly was the coolest thing you have ever seen? I can’t and I won’t.

The next time you see something mildly amusing, take it for what it is. Don’t try to exaggerate its importance on your everyday life using unnecessary superlatives.  Because when that moment comes where it truly is the coolest thing you have ever seen, no one will ever believe you. And that my friends, would be a sad day for everyone.

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