The implications of ‘interesting’

I use the word ‘interesting’ a lot. When I’ve been to visit another school, an interview, or just after a day at work, people ask me how it was and my reply will often begin with that word: “Interesting.”.

It seems my response usually ends up being interpreted one of two ways:

1. Negative
The experience was challenging, contrasting with normality, difficult and I learnt something.
However, it was not something I would want to repeat or recommend.

2. Positive
The experience was challenging, contrasting with normality, difficult and I learnt something.
However, it was something I would want to repeat and would really recommend.

No prizes for guessing which is the most common interpretation. I wonder why it is that most people interpret the ‘interesting’ as having negative undertones. The implication of this is that learning something is scant reward go through a challenging experience that makes you question your status quo.

I can’t help thinking that people who view the interesting as in number 1. are in for a lot of ‘interesting’ times by their own definition of the word. Far better, I think, to accept the ‘interesting’ as a positive.

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2 thoughts on “The implications of ‘interesting’”

  1. My favourite response to the question
    “How are you?”
    is
    “Terrific!”
    It is usually greeted with a smile and rarely misinterpreted.

    Maybe I can adapt it to something like “Terrific learning today!

    Maybe even start the campaign for ‘promoting curiousness’ with the purpose of encouraging us all to find interest in the world around us.

    Interesting indeed!

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