While reading the chapter “The Adventures of the Frontier in the Twentieth Century” from Patricia Nelson Limerick’s Something in the Soul, I was not very convinced. I understood that the idea of “Frontiers” and “Pioneers” has changed quite a bit from their original meaning and that they are not always used properly. However it was not until after I had read the piece that I saw how often we use these terms. Just a quick Google News search of “Pioneer” proves this (when “Frontier” is searched, the results are mainly about an airline of the same name). I believe that the overuse of these words is only furthering the concept of American Exceptionalism. So my question to you is— by making these words part of every day life, do they lose the gravity of their meaning or do we imply that smaller discoveries are more meaningful than when the terms were coined?