In English, we can say that someone
makes a "mean" pasta and by that we mean that it is an impressive
and very good pasta!
But doesn't "mean" have the meaning
of "nasty, cruel or unkind"? Yes, it does, but in English we often
coin new expressions that take the opposite of their usual
The word "terrific" is another,
older, example. Its original meaning came from the word
"terrified" and meant "full of terror." Now, the opposite meaning
of "excellent or wonderful" is the only one we know.
More recent examples include "sick"
or "ill" or "wicked" or "bad"; all of these mean something
especially or very good!
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