awesome


awesome
awesome
has followed the route of awful, and other words like fantastic, dreadful, tremendous, etc., in acquiring, especially in AmE, a favourable meaning ‘very good or impressive’, and this meaning has spread into BrE alongside its traditional meaning ‘inspiring awe’. Examples:

• The roadside drinkers stare open-mouthed at the sight of the awesome Ford GT40 —Today, 1992

• If the English performances in Paris and Edinburgh had been executed by New Zealand they would be proclaimed as awesome and unstoppable —Rugby World and Post, 1992.

In youth slang awesome has a generalized favourable sense (like cool and wicked):

• Reading week was awesome: instead of doing any work I went on holidays —weblog, 2004 [OEC].


Modern English usage. 2014.

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