“So here we have Hannibal, fighting his way along the Italian peninsula, bringing the greatest empire ever to her knees, and he ends up face-to-face with an army – twice the size of his – on an open field. So Hannibal places his weakest troops in the centre of his battle line and-”
“Wait, did you just call Rome ‘the greatest empire ever’?”
“What bullshit! Britain, Persia, Spain, Russia, Mongolia – you think Rome was greater than all of those?”
“Does it really matter?”
No. No, it doesn’t. But slipping a superlative into your speech just gave you an extra proposition to defend, and now you may never actually get around to describing the magnificent Battle of Cannae.
“Om-nom-nom. This is the most delicious meal I’ve ever eaten – or is it? Maybe the schnitzel from my cousin’s wedding was better. Hmmm …”
“You are one of the most handsome men I know.”
[Aside:] “Who … who beats me?”
Stop using superlatives. Enjoy things as they are.