Merriam-Webster calls out Neil deGrasse Tyson for being a grumpy old man
Neil deGrasse Tyson holds no thoughts back on Twitter, and Merriam-Webster has had enough.
On Thursday, the astrophysicist decided to tweet a complaint about about the word “awesome,” which he is clearly sick of and believes is overused by today’s youth.
Merriam-Webster, master of language and throwing shade, was promptly alerted of the tweet, and responded the only way fit.
“In my day, the word ‘Awesome’ was reserved for things like curing Polio and walking on the Moon, not for food or TV shows,” Tyson tweeted, and UGH, dude, could you be slightly less of a grumpy old man nerd, please?
In my day, the word “Awesome” was reserved for things like curing Polio and walking on the Moon, not for food or TV shows.
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) April 13, 2018
After seeing this genius man tweet such a dumb, insufferable, failed attempt at being cool, Merriam-Webster replied with a simple yet suitable burn.
One word: Neil. (WITH a period, to really drive the point of “please stop” home.)
Twitter users rallied behind Merriam-Webster with support, also taking shots at the astrophysicist’s tweet.
Dare we say, the responses were “awesome.”
It’s not the first time Neil has complained about people’s use of the A-word.
But maybe he should check himself, because it appears he uses it too. 🙄