I’ve become fascinated with etymology and phrase finding over the last five years or so. It may have been earlier that I began thinking about the origin of words and phrases but I only began looking them up more recently. It’s incredible how one phrase, such as; “rule of thumb,” could have meant something so much more morbid at it’s inception. Even a word I just used, incredible, wasn’t created or formed for the purpose we typically use it for. Today when we say “That was incredible!” we generally mean it in a positive way. However, to be incredible means to be preposterous or not credible. “Mr. Brown’s report had to be dismissed because most of his claims were incredible.” I often get lost in thought when I hear someone use the word “awesome.” Common usage might include: “That party was awesome!” Really? While at the party you were “in awe” of it? Does that mean you didn’t have time to enjoy it? When I’m in awe of something I’m usually pretty entranced by it. Although, that could explain “raves” and “trance music.” So, by that train of thought - the party-goer was at a rave. Maybe not the case but I’ve already synthesized as much. Then we have words that have been popularized by unknowing agents, for which “tubular” is the example. “Totally tubular, dude!” Yeah, had to go there. Tubular more or less means to be tube shaped, kind of seems silly to refer to an object that is obviously not a tube as “tubular.” Using tubular as a positive exclamation is credited to surfers. A wave that rolls over allowing a hollow tube that can be surfed through is exactly tubular. This one has pretty much fizzled out but even I use it sarcastically. What words do you find yourself or others using in a context other than what was originally intended?