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Filthy

adjective;
Extremely talented, good, awesome. The semanitc shift is amelioration. The common word filthy, usually meaning dirty, has had its meaning completely changed and its connotation almost totally reversed. “Filthy” seems to have followed the same track as the word “bad,” which sometimes means in youth slang “good” or “cool.” The meaning change could also be related to the use of filthy as an adverb and submodifier, as in filthy rich. The word used to denote intensity and now it means intensely cool. The college student apparently wanted a new and creative way to describe how excited he was about the player’s performance. Clichéd words like “awesome” did not seem to be strong enough.
 
Did you see Oswalt last night? He's filthy!
Etymology : The original word filthy is an Old English word meaning disgustingly dirty. The neologism was formed through a semantic shift, specifically amelioration.
Source : College senior
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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