Sometimes words get over-used. Too much exposure. Before the events of Sept 11, 2001, "horrific" was seldom used. It was especially not used by television broadcasters. Someone used "horrific" in searching for a way to convey the dreadful events of that day, and since then, all frightful events reported on TV are "horrific".
A word you don't hear so often is "thrilling". Perhaps one man's thrill is another's ennui. Perhaps the idea of a thrill has been trivialized when "thrilled" is used simply to accept an invitation to lunch. As I prepared a meal this holiday, and fussed with table linens and flowers, I listened to Verdi's opera "Attila". For me, Verdi is thrilling. I catch my breath, wait for the chords to resolve. I stop and listen to each crescendo. I never tire of the music. Roller coasters are not thrilling. Not for me. Are they for you? Does the slow climb and heart-stopping plunge thrill you the way Verdi's music does me? Lucky us if our thrills are within reach.