Epic is a common slang word, typically seen in online gaming but sees enough usage in a day-to-day setting as well. This article provides the meaning of epic, how and when to use this internet slang word with ESL image.
What Does Epic Mean?
Epic is used to describe things that someone think is amazing. Unlike the traditional meaning, Epic is used as an adjective.
Origin of Epic
Epic has a long history in the English language. Originally the word Epic was used to describe long stories that featured tales of monsters, Gods, philosophical elements, etc. Examples include the Epic of Gilgamesh and Lord of the Rings. It’s unknown when epic started to appear in the English lexicon to describe something that wasn’t a story but instead something awe-inspiring, but it’s usage has been documented for hundreds of years.
Despite being used to describe stories, epic also sees usage in online and offline games. Characters, items, monsters, etc that a player can collect will be given a rarity, with the higher the rarity the less likely it is to find it but the more powerful it is. Epic items, characters, monsters, etc tend to be the highest or second-highest tier. Many video games use a different rarity system, but epic is commonly used to express power and rarity.
In A Video Game Chat
- Player 1: No way! I just got a legendary sword from the dragon!
- Player 2: Nice!
- Player 3: Epic!
- Player 1: I can’t wait to use it! It’ll be so epic!
Text Between Friends
- Friend 1: How’d you do on that math test?
- Friend 2: I got a 94!
- Friend 1: Epic! I knew you could do it!
Other Ways To Say The Slang Word
Epic is always used as is. No major or minor changes have occurred.
Here is the list of synonyms for Epic:
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