Is the word "blessed" being overused to be the point of triteness?
Just in the last hour, I have heard the word “blessed” used in sentences where (my opinion) other words would have been more appropriate.
CSPAN: panel talk about Tip O’Neill: the moderator said he was “blessed” to have had such a smart and interesting panel conversation
E-TV: Kane West said that he and the slut are “blessed” to be having a baby.
Every day, people tell me “Have a blessed day”. They used to say “have a good day” or “be cool” or whatever.
I object for two reasons: one theological and one language based.
1) Theological: using the word “blessed” implies that there is someone or something doing the blessing, and (worse yet) that entity could choose not to bless me but has in some way decided to do so. The problem is that I don’t believe in god, and if there is a god, what right does it have to decide if I am blessed or not? I reject that there is any ethereal authority over me or my daily actions.
So “blessing” me is offensive to me.
Second: linguistic: by overusing the term “blessed” it is devaluing that it means. It becomes a trite, overused phrase. It loses any patina of specialty by its being repeated so often.
Have a nice day.