What is “Great?”
Words, unbeknownst to most people, usually have more than one meaning. Us as a people need to strive to look deeper into the words we use. I have one word in particular that I would like to share. Great, a word commonly used throughout America. No one would ever think that a word as simple as this could have multiple different meanings depending on the setting it is being used in and who it is being said by. No one would guess that the way your mom uses great might differ from the way a teen might use the word great. The way a doctor uses great could completely different from the way a football coach uses the word great. These are some of the numerous examples that can and will be explained within this essay.
Before explaining the many different uses of the word “great,” a base definition or use needs to be set. The Oxford English Dictionary definition of great is to be composed of large particles. For most people the more universal way to use great is as a synonym for or adjective better than good. “She is great with child!” That my friend, is old fashioned. Who would’ve believed that that was how people described a woman who was close to the end of their pregnancy. In this setting the word is used as an adjective and defined as being in an advanced stage of pregnancy. The more modern use of the word which is found in the Urban Dictionary is defined as a sarcastic way to say “not good.” For example: if a person is having a tough day and then they break their phone, they might blurt out “OH GREAT.” Or if someone is going on and on about their accomplishments and bragging a person would probably reply with “That’s great bro.” Because sarcasm is such a prominent item in today’s vernacular and great has become a perfect word for people to exercise this new found sarcasm.
The free online dictionary also defines great as extensive in time or distance. The form of the word is usually used in describing far travels or large lapses
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