Thursday, April 24, 2014

Unbelievable

Count-down:  23 days until departure for Alaskan Adventure

I’ve noticed there are a number of words I overuse in writing.  Somehow “just, but, and that” sneak onto my page.  There is one word though which always seems to creep into my speech.  Especially when on vacation.  It is my old friend, “UNBELIEVABLE.”  

We’ll be out looking over some magnificent waterfall or unique geologic landform and I stand there mesmerized by it’s power and beauty.  It strikes me dumb and all I can manage is to mutter, “Unbelievable.”

Examples:
Watching Old Faithful erupt surrounded by bison grazing nearby, “Unbelievable.”
Standing before the Delicate Arch in Moab, Utah, “Unbelievable.”
Taking in the crashing surf in Monterey, California, “Unbelievable.”

Unbelievable moment at Delicate Arch
I wish I could be more creative.  In Alaska, I’d like to say something else.  So I looked up “unbelievable” in the thesaurus for some possible substitutes.  None of them quite resonated with me. The best was, “astonishing” though I also like “inconceivable” because of The Princess Bride.
 
My biggest problem is, one word can’t describe the overpowering emotions I feel when I visit these places.  One page might not be enough.  So when I’m gazing upon the eerie blue of an ancient glacier, I’ll probably go back to my old friend and whisper, “Unbelievable.”

    
Kathy :)

9 comments:

  1. Well unbelievable works, at least you say something more than awwww lol

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  2. Try brilliant and see how that feels.

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  3. I usually go with "Wow" lol - because when I am awestruck, I can't get much else out of my mouth!

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  4. I am guilty of the same thing! I also use "just" way too much. It's so hard to break these habits.

    Can't believe it's just 23 days until your adventure - so exciting.

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  5. There is so much to see that makes us gape in wonder that sometimes one word doesn't describe it.

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  6. Middle school kids say, "That's sick." to describe something that impresses them.

    Astonishing? Humbling?

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  7. Coincidentally, my U post was Unbelievable and I dedicated it to a friend of mine who overuses the word. She was the inspiration for the post but I took it somewhere else. If unbelievable works for you, then carry on...

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  8. Ha ha! Great post- believe it!

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