Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. #1
    cherry maltezidou's Avatar
    cherry maltezidou is offline Junior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • Greek
      • Home Country:
      • Greece
      • Current Location:
      • Greece
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Posts
    41
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default nova cinema perplexes me!!!

    In order to improve my listening skill I have nova cinema on my TV. Last night I saw written on the screen : "the baddest husbands in America" As far as I know It should be "the worst"....Is it acceptable in American everyday spoken - written English???
    Last edited by cherry maltezidou; 04-May-2011 at 12:13.

  2. #2
    Amigos4's Avatar
    Amigos4 is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Academic
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Posts
    32,811
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: nova cinema perplexes me!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by cherry maltezidou View Post
    In order to improve my listening skill I have nova cinema on my TV. Last night I saw written on the screen : "the baddest husbants in America" As far as I know It should be "the worst"....Is it acceptable in American everyday spoken - written English???
    "The baddest husbands in America..." is incorrect. It should be "the worst husbands..."
    Although frequently used as slang, "baddest" is poor grammar. The correct form of the word would be "worse" or "worst".

  3. #3
    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Philippines
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    43,138
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: nova cinema perplexes me!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by cherry maltezidou View Post
    Is it acceptable in American everyday spoken - written English???
    That sort of usage is acceptable only where slang is acceptable.

  4. #4
    TheParser is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Posts
    5,003
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: nova cinema perplexes me!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by cherry maltezidou View Post
    In order to improve my listening skill I have nova cinema on my TV. Last night I saw written on the screen : "the baddest husbands in America" As far as I know It should be "the worst"....Is it acceptable in American everyday spoken - written English???

    ***** A NON-TEACHER's COMMENT *****


    (1) When I was (much) younger, many young people in my country

    would often say "That's bad!!!" when they wanted to express the

    idea that something was really good.

    (2) I think that this piece of slang is no longer used.


    Respectfully yours,


    James

  5. #5
    freezeframe is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Academic
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • Canada
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Posts
    2,113
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: nova cinema perplexes me!!!

    I don't know what they meant (if they meant bad or good) but baddest is a slang way of saying cool, awesome, tough. It's a synonym of badass. It's usually used to describe a particular type of a man (for example, a biker). Although it can also be a woman...

Similar Threads

  1. in or at the cinema?
    By Paula7777 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 31-Oct-2009, 02:04
  2. I went to the cinema
    By ripley in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 21-Jan-2009, 08:52
  3. I will go to the cinema.
    By jirikoo in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 28-Jun-2008, 11:36
  4. The cinema
    By albertino in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 03-Oct-2007, 14:18
  5. [Tdol's Blog] Nova
    By Tdol in forum UsingEnglish.com Content
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 02-Oct-2007, 08:35

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •