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I know awesome means when something is really bad it almost means the same as Horrible and Terrible.

But can you not also use it as a positive word when something is really great?

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On the contrary, Diddy, it actually means 'great', 'wonderful' or 'extraordinary'.
It's colloquial talk mostly used by youngsters I would think.
Yes then I had really misunderstood the meaning of the word.

So it cannot be used as a negative adjective?

And thank you for the help!
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That’s why dictionary can only be used as a guideline. You must not rely on it a 100%, because the literal meaning can be misinterpreted and misunderstood by users.

In today’s terms, “awesome” is positive word. If someone said “the party was awesome last night”, he is saying he had a good time.

On the other hand, “awful” (also came from the word “awe”) has the exact opposite meaning.

i.e. He had an awful time last night.
Yes I can see that.

Thank you very much for your good explanation.
WaïtiOn the contrary, Diddy, it actually means 'great', 'wonderful' or 'extraordinary'.
It's colloquial talk mostly used by youngsters I would think.
The use of this word became very popular about ten years (or so) ago, as you said, among the teens. However, I have notice that it has spread somewhat to the general population (excluding myself).

"Exactly" is another word that has gained popularity recently. Instead of "I agree" or "yes", it started with some example, perhaps in a film or TV show, and has become very popular (including myself).
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In one of its definitions (the first non-slang definition below) "awesome" really does mean "terrible".
CJ
The following is from answers.com.

  1. Inspiring awe: an awesome thunderstorm.
  2. Expressing awe: stood in awesome silence before the ancient ruins.
  3. Slang. Remarkable; outstanding: “a totally awesome arcade game”