“That burger was totally awesome,” Danny said.
“That’s it,” his father said. “I’m drawing a line in the sand this time. You have to stop using that word all the time.”
“What word, Dad?” Danny asked.
“As your father it’s my job to dispel your apparent misunderstanding of what the word ‘awesome’ means and when to use it. When something is awesome, son, it’s extremely impressive or daunting. It inspires great admiration, apprehension, or fear. Did that burger do any such thing for you?”
“It was really a good burger, Dad. I mean maybe one of the best I ever had,” Danny said.
“I’m sure, Danny, that it was good,” Danny’s father said. “At fourteen bucks, it should have been great. But were you awestruck by it? Were you amazed by it? Did it astonish you? Did it fill you with wonderment?”
“Oh jeez, Dad,” Danny said, rolling his eyes. “Why don’t you just get a rope, find a tree, and hang me?”
Danny’s father shook his head. “The Grand Canyon is awesome, Danny. Looking at the night sky and seeing shooting stars is awesome. Taking a hot air balloon ride is awesome. A freaking burger is not awesome.”
“At any rate, son,” he said, “now let’s talk about your use of the word ‘totally.’”
Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (awesome), Ragtag Daily Prompt (line), Your Daily Word Prompt (dispel), Word of the Day Challenge (rope), and The Daily Spur (rate).