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Killer

adjective; derivation
awesome, amazing This word seems to convey a sense of excitement that is perhaps comparable to the sensationalism that often accompanies killings. Perhaps more likely, this word might also convey a sense that something is good enough to die for. Thus, the word KILLER has undergone metonymic shift, relating the idea of something that kills to the idea of something worth dying for. In the sense that it has added this voluntary connotation of desirability, the word has undergone both widening and amelioration.
 
”That Thai restaurant we ate at on Saturday was killer
Etymology : ‘kill’ (take life from) + ‘er’ (adj)
Source : Brown Student
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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