Tragedy + Time = Comedy 57 – Anti-Superlatives (Part 1)

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Tragedy + Time = Comedy 57 – Anti-Superlatives (Part 1)

Scott Douglas Jacobsen & Rick Rosner

July 8, 2017

[Beginning of recorded material]

Rick Rosner: When I was working at Kimmel, it was impossible to not notice that “amazing: was used like crazy on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette with good-looking people, only, who are mostly willing to take part in a giant mating game on TV.

Some or all of them have limited vocabularies. So, words infect a generation of lunkheads, and “amazing” has done that for a couple of years.

Scott Douglas Jacobsen: Another one is “epic.” “This epic event…” or “That epic thing…”

Rosner: It is anti-superlative and meant as a non-sarcastic non-superlative. There are phrases that are overused like “Out of the box” or “At the end of the day,” but if you’re speaking fast then it is hard to purge your entire vocabulary.

[End of recorded material]



Rick Rosner

American Television Writer


Rick Rosner


Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Editor-in-Chief, In-Sight Publishing


In-Sight Publishing


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