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Interesting

In my effort to understand words, I find the word ‘interesting’ used in several different contexts. Dictionary.com defines the word as: “1. engaging or exciting and holding the attention or curiosity: an interesting book.  2.  arousing a feeling of interest: an interesting face. and 3. in an interesting condition (of a woman) pregnant.”

Ok, I buy these, but I’m finding more and more that people use the word under a 4th context.  I find that some people use the word as a substitute for “messed up like channel 40″.  As in, “His book was interesting.”  Which could mean, engaging and exciting, or bad, as in messed up like channel 40.  So, I’ve noticed that there is an “interesting” good, and an “interesting” bad.  You can usually figure out which context the word is being used by HOW the word interesting is used and the look on the person’s face when they’re saying it.

If you find someone you know describing your work as ‘interesting’, you might want to ask for further clarification.


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