incredible : Common Errors in English

About incredible

The other day I heard a film reviewer praise a director because he created “incredible characters,” which would literally mean unbelievable characters. What the reviewer meant to say, of course, was precisely the opposite: characters so lifelike as to seem like real people. Intensifiers and superlatives tend to get worn down quickly through overuse and become almost meaningless, but it is wise to be aware of their root meanings so that you don’t unintentionally utter absurdities. “Fantastic” means “as in a fantasy” just as “fabulous” means “as in a fable.” A “wonderful” sight should make you pause in wonder. Some of these words are worn down beyond redemption, however. For instance, who now expects a “terrific” sight to terrify? And the most overused of all these words—“awesome”—now rarely conveys a sense of awe.

incredible Meaning(s)

  • (a) beyond belief or understanding

incredible in News

  1. Pilot gets incredible photo of 1 World Trade Center above the clouds

    NEW YORK (PIX11) –It’s the incredible image captured thousands of feet above Lower Manhattan that has gone viral. At first glance, it appears to be the top of a New York City high rise on a cloudy day but further …
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Q13 FOX Seattle

  2. Delta Airlines pilot captures incredible photo of 1 WTC above the clouds

    NEW YORK (PIX11) –It’s the incredible image captured thousands of feet above Lower Manhattan that has gone viral.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: WPIX 11 New York

  3. Incredible Hulk to leave Orange gym

    ORANGE - The Incredible Hulk is skipping town, about to trade in his boxing gloves for a library card.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Orange County Register

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