Are words like love and depression being over used?

@cher913 (25895)
Canada
February 16, 2007 2:02pm CST
My 13 year old will say "I love that song" or most of us will say 'we love such and such type of food'...do we really? or is that just a buzz word that we use these days? What about the word 'depression'. I was just wondering because i noticed that the word 'depression' was used on a major website in regards to a messy house...huh? Depression is much deeper than that!
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@Tetchie (2933)
• Australia
17 Feb 07
Maybe it's a matter of context that's necessary to understand. Messy houses can contribute to depression but they are not the cause. It's part of a whole myriad of solutions to help people get out of depression. I think depression is the word used for everyone who is having a bad day by some people. (Not everyone, please I don't want to upset the depressed). The love word is terribly overused. I did a post a while ago where I asked whether you saying "I love Pizza" should be put in the same category as "I love my husband/wife/child." We don't think enough about our use of language, especially the "L" word. Nice post.
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• United States
16 Feb 07
I do think that we use too may words incorrectly. Some don't bother me - like "love" but some really do, like "depression." It really irks me when people say things like "oh i'm so depressed today" today?! Depression isn't a "today" kind of thing! Also when people who are picky about something say "oh i'm OCD about ______." You can't be OCD about something! It doesn't even make sense. "I'm obsessive compulsive disorder about cleaning the kitchen." Yeah, okay! The one that bothers me the most though is when people use the term "bipolar" incorrectly. Being moody is not bipolar!
@cher913 (25895)
• Canada
16 Feb 07
Yes, thank you for your response :-) I totally agree!
• United States
17 Feb 07
I don't think there is anything wrong with using any word to express how you are feeling or what you like for that day. It will help others who know us (or don't know us that well) understand how we, as individuals, want to conceive to others what are life is like for that day or what things we like or dislike in our lives. One more thing, if someone is saying that they feel depressed for that day, does not necessary mean that they aren't suffering from depression for real. I say these things and I have suffered from depression most of my life.
• United States
17 Feb 07
You know the old saying "I love you, but I'm not in love with you". It's normal to love a song, food, or movie, but it would be completely different if someone said they were in love with that song, food, or movie.
• United States
17 Feb 07
I think the words love, hate, depressed and such other strong words are used to loosely. We love are family, friends,and God. We hate war, famine and perhaps someone who has done us a great wrong. we should think about the words we use and be careful.
• India
17 Feb 07
no we not....
@VAnnasamy (426)
• India
17 Feb 07
Love is more used than any other word. Depression is more by climate forecast people.
• United States
17 Feb 07
If i say i love somethign or someone, then i do. If i say i am depressed you bet your a$$ it is about a lot more than a messy house...
• Nepal
17 Feb 07
Its very popular word so they are used Coz popular words are used by persons, i think its a simple matters.
• United States
17 Feb 07
I'm not so s ure that the words are being overused, but that as a society we've grown so much more sarcastic and we tend to exaggerate everything to the maximum. The minute my stomach growls, I leap up and rather dramatically announce, "I'm starving," when we all know for a fact that I could probably live quite a few weeks in this body. I just like to exaggerate. I do think that because they've become very common place words, they've fallen just a little bit on the meaning scale, and they're just frivalously tossed around by everyone. :)
@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
17 Feb 07
The one about depression really bothers me. I get so sick of hearing people say, "stop being so depressed" when I've just had a bad day. I'm not depressed! I worked an 8 hour shift by myself on Valentine's day! Depression is a condition where you just can't seem to find any happiness, be satisfied with yourself or your life, and you can't get out of it for an extended period of time. Being upset about a bad day is not depression- even if you're really, really upset.
@gotbot (46)
• United States
16 Feb 07
I agree that perhaps the words "depression" and "love" have lost some of their meaning because they are overused. "That movie was so depressing!" This statement just doesn't do justice to the actual condition of depression. Similarly, "I love that pizza place!" Do you really love it? :) Of course, none of this is to be taken too seriously. These are just examples of people being over-dramatic. Over time, the overuse of these and other words dilute their meaning.