Language

Everything and nothing is interesting

As You Like It party

I don’t care much for the adjective ‘interesting’. To describe something as interesting generally lacks any kind of qualifier or value proposition. To describe something as interesting is a way to suggest that you have offered an opinion without actually having done so. It’s empty.

Everything in the world is interesting. Anything that is not interesting just hasn’t been looked at or considered with enough perspective. To describe something as interesting has no positive or negative value, it generally does not emote a strong emotional and often is void of critique on it’s own. It only implies that the former comment has interest; saying something is interesting doesn’t even invite further conversation.

Please describe nothing as simply ‘interesting’ unless you are trying to be polite an avoid saying you do not like it.

Poor ways to use the word interesting
“What do you think of my shoes?” “They’re interesting.”
“I think your mixes have a distinct sound.” “Interesting.”
“I went to an interesting art show.”

Better ways to use the word interesting
“What do you think of my shoes?” “It’s interesting how the color of the heel compliments the sole. I love the design.”
“I think your mixes have a distinct sound.” “Really? What do you hear that’s interesting?”
“I went to an art show that changed how I think of shadows. You can do so many interesting things with light.”

Nina Mehta is a writer and product design leader in Brooklyn, New York. She began her design career in journalism and has been writing online for 20+ years. Nina is from outside Chicago has since lived and worked in San Francisco, Berlin, London, and Tokyo. Learn about her work at ninamehta.com.