ridiculous

United States
April 16, 2008 12:46am CST
What does this word mean to you? Twice tonight on TV, they have said to mean something along the lines of awesome or great. It caught me off guard the first time because ridiculous, to me, means something that is preposterous or laughable- in a negative way. When did ridiculous become a way to express delight?
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@Modestah (11192)
• United States
16 Apr 08
I think of the word as to mean absurd... so maybe they are stretching it to be absurdly fantastic? this happens to so many words like Great means large, not necessarily extremely good. Awful means extreme and not necessarily bad. Terrific is like large, and not necessarily positive. lol, what a language.
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@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
16 Apr 08
I didn't know it had. But who really knows how some words have come about to mean other things. I'm still trying to figure out how 'bad' became a good thing.
• United States
16 Apr 08
I'm trying to find out when sic (sick) became something you'd want..
@aretha (2539)
• United States
16 Apr 08
i'm sure its gonna be like all the other words that kids have changed the meaning to. it reminds me of a song that tim mcgraw sings. i can't remember the name right of the top of my head. i will have to look it up. if not its gonna bug me.
@aretha (2539)
• United States
16 Apr 08
back when is the name of the song. not sure why i couldn't think of it.
@ruthinian (2311)
• United States
16 Apr 08
I find it ridiculous to consider it awesome or great. Like you, I think it has a negative flavor to it. You say ridiculous when you think that the thing/word/situation is unbelievably crazy.
@icyorchid (2564)
• United States
16 Apr 08
Well, I was taught the same thing as you were. I have no idea when it started to mean delightful. I did look up in a thesaurus of dictionary.com http://thesaurus.reference.com/browse/ridiculous Here is what it said: Main Entry: ridiculous Part of Speech: adjective Definition: absurd Synonyms: antic, bizarre, comic, comical, contemptible, daffy*, derisory, droll, fantastic, farcical, fool-headed, foolish, funny, gelastic, goofy*, grotesque, harebrained*, hilarious, impossible, incredible, jerky*, laughable, ludicrous, nonsensical, nutty*, outrageous, preposterous, risible, sappy*, silly, slaphappy*, stupid, unbelievable, wacky* Antonyms: reasonable, sensible So I think it is the Antonyms that take on the meaning of delight.
@tjades (3592)
• Jamaica
16 Apr 08
I know ridiculous to mean the opposite of awesome or great. I use the word when something out of the norm that may be offensive happens or something ridiculous. (lol)
@se7enthbird (8328)
• Philippines
16 Apr 08
when i find it hard to believe on something, or it is unbelievable then thats what rediculous to me. its like a story of urban legends that is the best way to describe what is ridiculous. when something is not normal then we find it ridiculous. so do we have the same meaning to that word?