I heard today someone commenting positively (no irony involved) on someone's singing performance using the sentence "Yeah! Great job, you killed it! [the song]"
Last time I checked, to kill means to put an end to, to destroy. The only occasion where kill has positive connotations is in phrases like "This comedian is killing me!" or "This show is a killer!"
Or is it?? Is this a new way to use this verb??
Pope of the Dictionary.com Forum
In a similar vein, it was common show business usage (particularly during the Vaudevillian era) to say "you really slayed them!" ("them" being the audience)
"Kill" is also used as a positive term in computer lingo as well, such as "killer apps (applications)" meaning a software package that is so cool you want to buy a computer just to run it.
Thanks for the info. Something new every day...
To 'murder' a song on the other hand...