by wpengine on March 5, 2009
Discuss this oxymoron in the comments below.
I just want to point out that “awful” is really “full of awe,” making it a kind word.
yet awful is also used as unpleasent so that makes it a bad word
That's inaccurate… Awful is more like an opposite of being full of awe.In fact, awful has nothing to do with awe.
ur all confusing me!
It was a pun. I hope.
The original meaning of awful was indeed full of awe, as ‘who cares’ pointed out… it has changed in recent usage, nobody uses it that way any more – but in this usage it means ‘really’, which is derivative of the original meaning… the English language… go figure…
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