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Are these words synonym in English?
"I had to wait 3 hours on the line to buy the concert tickets. It's ridiculous!!". I may be wrong, but it seems to me a perfect example of how I have been seeing natives employ this word. If so, do they mean "this is an absurd" or "this is an outrage"?
Please, now suppose a colleague that shows up wearing a tight black leather pants at work. Can I say to him "You look ridiculous (laughable) in this pants!"?
'ridiculous(ly)' may in some cases carry the meaning of 'utterly' or 'absolutely', as in:
The restaurant was ridiculously expensive. I don't think we will go there again.
In this context 'ridiculous' suggests something extreme, which seems unbelievable or unreasonable.
The same in 'ridiculously easy' or ridiculously cheap'.
A situation can be absurd, stressing the irrationality of it or pointing out a lack of inconsistency between cause and effect within the situation, a lack of logic. Hence, the situation may be considered 'ridiculous'.
Some of the words I really love is 'preposterous'. However, it is not my intention to cause any confusion here.
Last edited by Snowcake; 18-Apr-2008 at 02:50.