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    Astounding! Why Not Astonished?
    Copyright 2004, Bill Platt

    The use of certain words in the English language annoy me. 
    Perhaps it is just a personal pet peeve and perhaps I am 
    just overreacting.
    
    *Astounded* and *astounding* are two versions of a word that
    peeves me to no end. In my little mind, these two words are
    used far too often. 
    
    There are so many better words that convey the exact same
    meaning as *astound*, so why do I never hear the news and
    television people use those other synonyms? (surprise, 
    astonish, amaze, astound, dumbfound, flabbergast.)
    
    Why not *astonish* or its many variations? In my mind, this
    is a much better word. 
    
    Perhaps it comes from a need for news people to exaggerate
    a news story for effect. This is what bugs me about the 
    variations of *astound.* *Astound-* strikes me as a more
    exaggerated method of describing the surprise or wonder
    attached to the word. 
    
    Even in dictionary.com's list of synonyms listed above,
    *astound* falls fourth in line as a synonym for *surprise*,
    as opposed to *astonish* which is the second defined synonym
    for *surprise.*
    
    This is such a strongly held irritation that I have began 
    to annoy my wife by pointing out the overuse of this word.
    
    Every time Geraldo or one of the other news people convey
    their message with the word *astounding*, I yell out, *Why
    not astonishing??*
    
    I am truly astonished, shocked and dismayed every time I hear
    the variations of the word *astound-*, so much so that I just
    want to scream about it from the highest hills.
    
    So here I am, screaming from my soapbox:
    
    Quit *astounding* me. Instead, *astonish* me with some real
    creativity in the vocabulary used in your next television 
    talk show. 

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