Just like money

“Words and emotions are simple currencies. If we inflate them, they lose their value, just like money. They begin to mean nothing. Use ‘beautiful’ to describe a sandwich and the word means nothing. Since the war, there is no more room for inflated language. Words and feelings are small nowโ€”clear and precise. Humble like dreams.”

โ€”Jess Walter, Beautiful Ruins


One comment

  1. The noun has power to determine the power of the adjective. If you give directions and the asker says, “Awesome, thanks”, that is a different degree of awe from a great waterfall which is awesome.

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