Do you say "I'm obsessed" a lot?

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Do you say "I'm obsessed" a lot?

spiced spiced
If you're into language trends, you might enjoy this NY Times article.

According to the author, common use of the phrase "I'm obsessed with..." to describe one's interest in something, is a fairly new thing, mainly since 2008.

From the article:

“We think that things are not good unless we’re obsessed about them,” [English Professor Lennard J. Davis] continued. “If you’re only mildly interested in your partner, that’s not as hot as being obsessed about somebody. Being blandly detached and mild seems like a failure.” Contrary to our claims of obsession, Professor Davis believes that “the generation now is very low key — the emotions are flat — compared to movies from the ’50s, when people look sentimental.” Consequently, he said, “it inflates the language. We’re using this powerful word, but lowering the standard by having everybody be obsessed by everything.” (This jibes with a general culture of hyperbole on the Internet, where in an attempt to stand out from the noise, everything is the best. Thing. EVER!)

This seems spot on to me. I've certainly referred to some of my interests as "obsessions" lately, and I've also noticed the general increase in hyperbolic language in everyday speech.

How about you? Are you frequently "obsessed"? Or does overstated language bug you?
03/24/2013
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Peggi Peggi
I already know I have some obsessions, but some of them are only because I have OCD

As for my obsessions just because I love something, Harry Potter and Doctor Who are two of the things I'm obsessed with. To the point that I can't go through an entire conversation without either using a catch phrase, bringing it up, or making some sort of reference to one of the two. I certainly LOVE a lot of other shows and movies, but I don't obsess over them as much as I do these two. I went as far as psychoanalyzing every HP character and it would be quite the conversation if I ever met the writer. I even have 1 HP tattoo and have plans for many more for both of the two.

I also think I am probably obsessed with cats. I can't walk into someone's house if they have a cat, and not go to find the cat the moment I get there to pet it. I love them. I have 2 cats and want to foster kittens and their mommies until they can be adopted. I just can't get enough cat videos and am always on Kitten Cam watching the babies grow up!
03/25/2013
GONE! GONE!
Seems accurate to me too!
03/25/2013
Virgingasms Virgingasms
Misused words bug me. Saying "obsessed" to mean you really dig something just irks me for some reason.
03/25/2013
ViVix ViVix
Quote:
Originally posted by spiced
If you're into language trends, you might enjoy this NY Times article.

According to the author, common use of the phrase "I'm obsessed with..." to describe one's interest in something, is a fairly new thing, mainly since ...
I'm a little OCD, but I don't use the word "obsessed" a lot because it sounds creepy. LOL
03/25/2013
karenm karenm
I don't think "obsessed" is the best word to describe something you're very interested in (unless, of course, you are and you think about it all the time). I do say I "love" things, but not that I'm obsessed with them.
03/25/2013
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