Believe it or not: Matthew McConaughey wants ‘unbelievable’ removed from the dictionary

Whether you believe him or not, Matthew McConaughey says he’s serious about his dislike of the word “unbelievable.”

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“It’s my least favorite word,” McConaughey said in a video posted to Twitter. “I think we should wipe it out of the dictionary. …It happens every single day. We shouldn’t think that the most beautiful sunset or that the greatest play or the greatest love of our life or the greatest moment of euphoria is ‘unbelievable.’ Believe it! It’s happening.”

But not just in the positive sense, McConaughey extends his belief to tragedy and natural disasters as well, saying, “It’s part of life too. Believe it. We see it happen every day. So, ‘unbelievable,’ I don’t buy. Awesome. Horrible. Incredible. I believe those. That’s a good way to explain things. But ‘unbelievable?’ Nah. It just happened. Believe it.”

Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines “unbelievable” as “too improbable for belief” and also “of such a superlative degree as to be hard to believe.”

Merriam-Webster responded to McConaughey’s tweet with its own, saying simply, “no.”

This is not the first time the actor has expressed contempt for the word. During his commencement address at the University of Houston in 2015, McConaughey made the same point, KXAN reported.

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