i'm newbie here. And i'm not from the place that use english as formal and informal language, i mean not using english to talk to other people. But i'm still curious about this language including its use. So i have question.

You can use that "damn" word for good things, for example: "Damn, I'm sexy!", but can you use that "beautiful" word for bad things other than sarcasm? Or can you tell that the use of that "damn" word above is a form of sarcasm thing in positive way, i mean like positive sarcasm, i don't know what they call it? It's like, the sexiness of the person is unforgivable, meaning the person is really really sexy? What do you think?

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  • You are from a place where you don't capitalize "i". – user140086 Oct 22 '15 at 9:31
  • Please start by looking up the word beautiful in a dictionary in your choice. You will find that it does not list "bad thing" as one of the meanings. While you're at it, please do look up english. You will find that it does not list "a Germanic language" as one of the meanings. That's because what it means is "the spin you put on the ball in billiards". The word for the Germanic language is English, with a capital E. – RegDwigнt Oct 22 '15 at 9:41
  • I'm sorry reg, I don't mean to confuse others with my question. But I tried so hard to find the specific words for my question, and the result is nothing. I got no more specific words than these. But guess what??? I have my question half answered by someone else. Sorry but I just want some answer for the problem. I didn't mean to ruin something here. And I did explain that I'm not from the place that using English to speak. So it's not my habit for having "i" capitalized and I don't know that there is big different between english and English. Sorry for that. – anaksuper hebat Oct 22 '15 at 10:23

I think your confusion arises from the fact that damn functions as multiple parts of speech.

Damn as an adjective or verb is always negative, e.g. "That damn cat scratched me again," or "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!"

Damn as an adverb is simply used for emphasis, e.g. "She's damn sexy but damn stupid."

Damn can also be an interjection, in which case it can indicate disappointment or simply emphasis, e.g. "Damn, I missed my flight," or "Damn, that's a tasty sandwich!"

Beautiful is only an adjective, and its meaning is always positive unless used sarcastically.

English is a damn beautiful language.

  • So you mean that "damn I'm sexy!" is not being used sarcastically?? Emphasis??? What do you call?? Metaphor?? Sorry, but, I don't know what kind of statement is being used. So what about, (pardon me), "It's fucking awesome!!!"?? Can you really use that "fucking" word for this statement??? – anaksuper hebat Oct 22 '15 at 9:55
  • @anaksuperhebat, it's common (at least in America) to use curse words for emphasis, meaning that the word that follows is increased in degree or emotion. Examples include "hell yes," "shit yeah," "fuck no," "damn good" and "fucking awesome." None of these are inherently or predominantly sarcastic in nature, but literally anything can be used sarcastically in the right context. – Josh Oct 22 '15 at 17:27

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