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posted on Mar 16, 2011, 10 pm

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CactusJuicy, Mar 16, 2011, 11 pm

hmmm good question

MTDM (from 161) (Guest), Mar 16, 2011, 11 pm

^. Very good question, Ducky. :3

robybang, Mar 16, 2011, 11 pm

Why are "awesome" and "awful" antonyms when they both imply one is filled with awe?

Kaiya (Guest), Mar 17, 2011, 02 am

But they are!

From the Online Etymology Dictionary: Modern sense of "to frustrate expectations" (late 15c.) is from secondary meaning of "fail to keep an appointment."

Nahtanojrepus (Guest), Apr 19, 2015, 11 pm

@robybang they used to mean the same thing, because "awe" implied both amazement and fear originally, so both words suggested a huge and terrifying thing. Awful shifted to mean terrible, at the same time terrible shifted from "evil" to what we now know it as. Awesome shifted the other way, to suggest major amazement, and more recently positivity.

EmojiDragon77, Aug 13, 2015, 04 pm

I don't know :|

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