Apr 7 2012

Adorable is dead. Long live adorable.

Have a look at this Google Trends data:

Since 2008, both searches for and web pages containing the word “adorable” have grown unchecked– like mildew on the flowered vinyl shower curtain of English diction.

“Adorable” is officially overused.  Using it now marks you as being unable to think of the correct word. Don’t do it.

Apple’s Dictionary.app lists these as synonyms for “adorable”:

Lovable, appealing, charming, cute, cuddly, sweet, enchanting, bewitching, captivating, engaging, endearing, dear, darling, delightful, lovely, beautiful, attractive, gorgeous, winsome, winning, and fetching.

If none of those fit, and you are not describing something worthy of worship as a divine being, STOP TYPING.

(For more information, you can run a Google Trends search on “adorable” directly.)