Should verisimilitude be a concern ... decades from now, fiction representing American life circa 2012 would do well to incorporate liberally into the dialogue the word "amazing." The world I inhabit has not seemed to tire of this word. If you watch TV, hardly a commercial break goes by without the word coming up. Pay attention, readers, and if you haven't noticed it before see if you don't notice it now. See if it doesn't drive you a little batty. See if you don't start regretting the word as soon as you say it yourself (as I do, not infrequently). There are two main variations - the more abrupt "uh-mazing" and the slightly whinier "ammaaaayzing." Either way, the object described is only rarely amazing in any boring old twentieth century way.
We all fall into linguistic habits and ruts. Certainly I've allowed this very blog to be the site of a lot of my lazier brainstorming and freewriting. But for the sake of mere diversity, for the sake of the joys of that a larger vocabulary might bring, I submit to the public this plea: that we shake things up and reinvigorate our diction with a host of other words that do just as well, sometimes better, to describe "a thing I've encountered that I like." We might start with lovely, superb, spectacular, wonderful, special, terrific, capital (as in, "capital idea, old man!" - arch, but appealing). We can even dust off neat. It would be pretty neat if people eased up a bit on amazing.