#1 Posted by ricetopher (1046 posts) -

Had this discussion with some friends the other day. Honestly it seems like I'm hearing the word "epic" thrown around so much that I feel like it doesn't really have a meaning anymore. Unless I missed something, has this been the case for anyone else, or I am just thinking too much about something that doesn't really matter?

#2 Posted by Bigandtasty (3203 posts) -

It has become too ambiguous. The solution: Stop using it.

#3 Posted by Dom (436 posts) -

I use it to describe something that is awesome, but at a higher degree... how the word epic deviated from its original definition to this? Beats me...

#4 Posted by MrKlorox (11209 posts) -

It means beast.
 
God I hate leet speak and what it has become.

#5 Posted by Black_Raven (1759 posts) -

it means something that's really awesome, or something that really sucks. . . and everything in between.

#6 Posted by Godlyawesomeguy (6399 posts) -
@MrKlorox said:
" It means beast.  God I hate leet speak and what it has become. "
uhh...leet speak?
#7 Edited by Kowbrainz (923 posts) -

It's overused, yeah, but that doesn't make it lose its meaning for me. Rather, I tend to tune out and disregard most of what someone has to say after they use the word. A facepalm is in order if "fail" or "phail" or "FAILZ" follows.

#8 Posted by Kyreo (4600 posts) -

it means awesome or huge.  We, as Forum Denizens, should stop using it.... and acronyms like  LOL

#9 Posted by MrKlorox (11209 posts) -
@Godlyawesomeguy said:
" @MrKlorox said:
" It means beast.  God I hate leet speak and what it has become. "
uhh...leet speak? "
Yes. Epic, for the win, calling something "beast", pwn, noob, FAIL, etc...  are all examples of modern leet speak.
#10 Posted by Skald (4369 posts) -

Long, serious poems about heroes and legends. Beowulf, for example. 
 
As an adjective, it's ambiguous on purpose, much like the word "cool."

#11 Posted by DJ_LaFleurX (17 posts) -

"epic" isn't epic anymore. It's overused.

#12 Posted by Ryax (4630 posts) -

Epic : word used to proclaim ones self as a douche.

#13 Posted by SBYM (1219 posts) -

It has meaning based on context; like many other words do. Though, as far as it being thrown around without regard, it'll reach the standard of terms like sell-out or emo as being without value.

#14 Posted by ryanwho (12082 posts) -

The internet drained any capitol out of the word. The internet's a giant leech.

#15 Posted by keyhunter (3207 posts) -

Some cock sandwich decided to ruin it for everyone. NOW IT IS MEANINGLESS.
Unless I see a metal band listed as "BRUTAL EPIC TRASH VIKING METAL" then I'll probably give it a listen.

#16 Posted by rjayb89 (7726 posts) -

It's only effective if you bring it to win capacity.

#17 Posted by Donkeysraliens (146 posts) -

I agree, the word's become diluted to the point where it means nothing, for example, i heard someone call twilight a 'modern day epic saga' the other day... rest assured, this person didn't have a clue what  the word even meant anymore.

#18 Posted by MetalR (422 posts) -

Epic win!

#19 Posted by DukesT3 (1933 posts) -

This thread is epic.

#20 Posted by DJ_LaFleurX (17 posts) -

This thread is epic...epic for the win!

#21 Posted by Lotuxx (8 posts) -

This is a good topic, i mean even my mom uses "lol" now and things like "Epic" "noob"  "ftw' "WTF" Ect. Mean almost close to nothing to me,, gotten WAY to main stream. 
now everyone and there mom who's picked up a controller or played MW2 thinks there a "tech gamer or something now ...   
its embarrassing to me ugh.

#22 Posted by Muttinus_Rump (814 posts) -

 

  Had to be done.
#23 Posted by diz (929 posts) -

Another word increasing in meaninglessness is "so".... 
 
Why do people start their thread topics with it?

#24 Posted by Gizmo (5389 posts) -
@Muttinus_Rump said:

"  

  Had to be done. "
Ugh, casual gamers.
#25 Posted by JJWeatherman (14560 posts) -
@Muttinus_Rump: 
indeed it did.
#26 Posted by Rinkalicous (1340 posts) -
@Muttinus_Rump said:
"  
  Had to be done. "
God damn. I knew it was coming, but that doesn't make it any easier to take.
#27 Posted by buzz_killington (3532 posts) -

Epic follows the footsteps of "random" as fine words that I will never use just because of the kind of dumbasses that use it so often.
#28 Posted by Lawrens (688 posts) -

Epic for the win video

I think I'm in love
#29 Posted by teh_destroyer (3569 posts) -

It seems like epic is thrown in front of movie trailer like just a well to sell tickets if you ask me.Almost like an advertisement these days.

#30 Edited by Taborlin (177 posts) -

Emos in my school use epic, win and fail. Just as it started dying out on forums I get them saying it. But what makes it worse is they will say epic fail when somebodies computer in ICT wont boot or something... 
And I thought epic meant...big or immense. 
  @Ryax said:

" Epic : word used to proclaim ones self as a douche. "

WIN. <<< No I kid, but yeah this is now the official meaning. 
 
 
@Muttinus_Rump: I feel sick, confused and sad.
#31 Posted by AjayRaz (12441 posts) -
@DJ_LaFleurX said:
" This thread is epic...epic for the win! "
that was uncalled for :( 
#32 Posted by Burns098356GX (1366 posts) -

I think we should change it from epic to Savage. So when something is really really good, you say 'Savage'. And if something is really really really good you say mo-savage.

#33 Posted by ryanwho (12082 posts) -
@Burns098356GX said:
" I think we should change it from epic to Savage. So when something is really really good, you say 'Savage'. And if something is really really really good you say mo-savage. "
I think we did that for like 3 months in 1992, then we threw it away with our swatches.
#34 Posted by Canberra (1065 posts) -

Not much gets my goat like this does, besides mixing up their there and they're.

#35 Posted by ZeForgotten (10397 posts) -
@ryanwho said:
" @Burns098356GX said:
" I think we should change it from epic to Savage. So when something is really really good, you say 'Savage'. And if something is really really really good you say mo-savage. "
I think we did that for like 3 months in 1992, then we threw it away with our swatches. "
We used "Epic" back in 1993, so why can't we be using Savage again?  
#36 Posted by dustbunny (37 posts) -

epic is a form of prose that usually exceeds 500 pages. I have no idea why internet people chose to add it to their slang. Also us forum folk should be one of the few to be allowed to use lol.

#37 Posted by Daniel_Newton (1166 posts) -

I think it's alright when it's not overused, but it's difficult not to overuse SOME words, and when you're a gamer surrounded by other gamers (in my case anyway, being on a games design course) it's pretty hard to escape.
There will always be words that get overused, "cool" used to be said way too often, it's not so bad now, it feels like a milder, alternative word for epic.
 
It continues to amaze me how much the word awesome is used, especially since I live in the UK, that word was NEVER used over here just a few years ago, it's an American thing and I still feel uncomfortable saying it sometimes, but I find myself saying it because everyone else does!
 
I use the word lol too much on instant messengers too, that's pretty much lost it's original meaning of "laugh out loud" and is now more like "that mildly amused me".
 
Anyway, the bottom line is society goes through phases with different words, probably always will. Think about "groovy" and "radical"... yeah try using those now without getting a funny look (not that I ever used them, but they were used so much even people my age know about them). "Epic" will probably fade away after a while.

#38 Posted by Meltac (2003 posts) -

The word epic, has never been epic.

#39 Posted by HandsomeDead (11863 posts) -

It's a phrase for dickheads.

#40 Posted by VoodooTerror (607 posts) -
@DJ_LaFleurX said:
" This thread is epic...epic for the win! "
this description of this epic FTW thread is epicly epic
#41 Posted by Vinchenzo (6192 posts) -

People saying "epic" now just pisses me off.

#42 Posted by PS3RG (424 posts) -

hate the word.

#43 Edited by Sparklykiss (1983 posts) -
@MrKlorox said:

" @Godlyawesomeguy said:

" @MrKlorox said:

" It means beast.  God I hate leet speak and what it has become. "

uhh...leet speak? "
Yes. Epic, for the win, calling something "beast", pwn, noob, FAIL, etc...  are all examples of modern leet speak. "
That one cheeses me off to no end. God damn. 
 
Same with the kids who I went to high school with. They'd say shit like "That A I got was epic" or "I did it for the lulz." and a good chunk of them had shirts saying "/b/elieve" and crap. Gahhh. It's bad enough when people can't use to/too/two or there/they're/their. 
 
I hate them.
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#44 Posted by CitizenKane (10507 posts) -
@Bigandtasty said:
" It has become too ambiguous. The solution: Stop using it. "
This.