Geek Food for Thought: Redefining the word “Epic”

In these last few weeks and months, I have been hearing a term that has been re-ignited in our common language usage. And that word is in the picture to your direct left–“Epic”

But before we explain the usage of the word in present day terms, let’s talk about what it has meant in the past.

Taken from, the word “epic” means: An extended narrative poem in elevated or dignified language, celebrating the feats of a deity or demigod (heroic epic) or other legendary or traditional hero. It can also mean: : extending beyond the usual or ordinary especially in size or scope.

In history, there are many well-known Epic poems in history, many we know very well. Beowulf, The Odyssey, and King Arthur are three that come to mind when you want to know about Epic tales in history. There are also many stories about mythology done in the Epic storytelling style such as the War of Troy. For the most part, the word is used to explain a long and detailed story.

In this day and age, the word “epic” is being used in a much more different way than its original meaning. A few examples are:
“Epic Fail”–which means: A mistake of such monumental proportions that it requires its own term in order to successfully point out the unfathomable shortcomings of an individual or group.
Epic Win”– which means: An incredible success so fantastic that long poems would be written about it in the future.
Epic awkward”– which means: To be so awkward that people around you feel awkward themselves. To be this awkward one’s family must also be awkward. Being super submissive helps too.

But in this new usage of words, we must consider something: should everything be considered EPIC? We as a society, should really think about the word “Epic” and decide for ourselves if we are using the words in the correct language.


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