“How do I look in this new outfit?” A not too close friend asked the other day. Truth be told or truth be withheld? I had so many answers to her question. Hideous! Abominable! Shocking! Totally ridiculous!
I looked at her and said, “Interesting!”
What a wonderful word! I felt good. I did not insult her nor did I lie.
Interesting can have both positive and negative connotations. I used it positively to handle a could-have-been negative situation which could have had a horrible consequence – my broken jaw.
We hear of an interesting artwork which depicts something fancy like a pail and a mop. Or an interesting movie that no one understands but bags all the awards under some weird but interesting category.
So what is so interesting about the word ‘interesting’?
It is an all-encompassing word. The fix-it-all word when all adjectives leave you. Use it to genuinely praise something, or genuinely escape a situation where you are unable to lie.
Usage – When you are faced with uncertainty, confusion, dislike and you are unable to express your true opinions.
1) Friend’s spiky hair cut – Interesting!
2) Botox gone wrong – Interesting!
3) Your boss’ new tie – Interesting!
4) Friend’s new boyfriend – Interesting!
It is the diplomat of all words.
I know all my intelligent readers will have great adjectives to comment about this post but the word . . . you know it!