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    "Sick" in American English

    LL: That car over there is totally sick. Look at the paint and the tires. That is so cool. I'd love to have a car like that.


    LH: That car over there is totally sick


    LL: Cool means I like that car, sick means I like the car too. If I say something is sick, that means it's really good, I like it, it's special.
    Hi! Is that true in American English that " sick means it is nice" ?

    Thank you!

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    Re: "Sick" in American English

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Hi! Is that true in American English that " sick means it is nice" ?

    Thank you!
    Hello, thedaffodils!
    I've never heard "sick" used in that way.
    It is a slang expression, I think.

    I've just visited "urban dictionary."
    Please go to :
    Urban Dictionary: sick



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    Re: "Sick" in American English

    tzfujimino,

    Thank you very much.

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    Re: "Sick" in American English

    I've never heard 'sick' used like that, but it's not unheard of for -ve words to do a somersault like this and become positive. It's happened with 'bad' and 'wicked' - both of which can mean 'extremely good' in the right context.

    (I remember being very confused when I heard Johnny Halliday (those were the days!) saying elle est terrible, and not meaning that anything was terrible. (Not completely relevant maybe, but the thought occurred to me.)

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    Re: "Sick" in American English

    Well, I'm an American with an 18 year old son, and I can assure you that sick is in current usage as an adjective meaning extremely good.



    LL: That car over there is totally sick. Look at the paint and the tires. That is so cool. I'd love to have a car like that.

    The above is authentic American teenage dialect as heard every day in my house (minus obscenities).

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    Re: "Sick" in American English

    But daffodils, be warned: Nothing looks more silly than someone trying to use slang when it's not part of their natural vocabulary. There are many, many movie scenes of the school principal or teachers or parents trying to look "cool" and use the modern teen modern slang, only to use it incorrectly or with the wrong emphasis, or slang that is "like, so yesterday" so they only end up looking more "out of it" and not at all "with it."

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    Re: "Sick" in American English

    Bob & mykwyner,

    Thank you very much for your interesting answers.


    The above is authentic American teenage dialect as heard every day in my house (minus obscenities).
    Good to have an American on board answering this question. I enjoy your humor.

    It seems just Americans use it in this way. I must do math if I speak it to other native English speakers, although the expression is quite sick.

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    Re: "Sick" in American English

    Barb_D

    Thank you very much for your advice.

    You are very kind.

    I'll bear it in my mind.

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