“Interesting”

Screen Shot 2015-10-30 at 9.21.37 AMEveryone these days knows “interesting” doesn’t mean interesting.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary may still define interesting (adj.) as “holding the attention; arousing interest”, but the Urban dictionary (which is obviously far superior) explains that interesting has come to mean “something which arouses no interest at all. Used to politely avoid admitting this, which indirectly expresses your indifference.”

In my experience, “interesting” also means weird, peculiar or awkward.

“Why yes, Grandma, this apricot pork casserole is… interesting.”

“Yeah, I thought Miley’s impersonation of a wrecking ball was… interesting.”

“I find Trump’s strategy to win voters… interesting.”

I recently sent a follow-up email to one of my colleagues who attended the Women’s Leadership Development Program with me. I’d really enjoyed talking with her and told her so. “I am so thankful that we ended up sitting next to each other that first day. You have so much wisdom and such an encouraging spirit! Thanks for all of your insightful comments both during the group discussions and during our casual chats between sessions.”

She just wrote back to me. “Hi Aurora! I feel the same about you… You are truly an interesting person!”

Ha. Truer words were ne’er spoken.

Authentically Aurora

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10 thoughts on ““Interesting”

    • Hahaha, as I recall, a certain other person made a similar comment about Grandma’s cooking…!

      And you’re right; she’s about your age, so I presume her interpretation of “interesting” is more Merriam-Webster than Urban. But you know what you always say about the telling of a good story!

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  1. Papa is absolutely right. This is yet another example of how much body language, facial expressions, and tone of voice are part of communication. With an eye roll and a sarcastic tone of voice, you know a person is talking Urban. With only the written word, you can’t be sure. In this case, I am sure, though, because she was talking about you. J.

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