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    awesome

    Can the adjective awesome refer to something unpleasant?

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    Re: awesome

    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    Can the adjective awesome refer to something unpleasant?

    No, not these days. You'd use "awful" in that context.
    "Awesome", in colloquial speech means "very good++"

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    Re: awesome

    I am not a teacher, but I should say yes, it has both meanings (at least in the dictionaries):

    impressive; frightening; inspiring awe; great, terrific (Slang)

    -Inspiring awe or admiration or wonder; "New York is an amazing city"; "the Grand Canyon is an awe-inspiring sight"; "the awesome complexity of the universe"

    -Expressive of awe or terror. "An awesome glance up at the auld castle".


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    Re: awesome

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    -Expressive of awe or terror. "An awesome glance up at the auld castle".

    Yes, that's certainly true. The dictionaries will include "awful" as a definition of "awesome", but like a lot of colloquial usage, if a term is used a lot - especially by young people and the media - to mean A it's probably best not to use it to mean not-A if you don't want to be misunderstood.

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    Re: awesome

    Thank you mate

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    Re: awesome

    If you want to use that other sense of awesome, I suggest "awe-inspiring" instead.

    Truly, as stated above, only good things are "awesome." It's one of the few bits of slang I have in common with my children.

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