In Collins Dictionary, under bad, it says that

BAD 15 : Word forms: badder or baddest (slang) good; excellent

But in this meaning, can I use “worse, worst” instead of “badder, baddest”?

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    Ooh! - You are awful! I don't think I've ever encountered this kind of "slang semantic inversion" with worse, worst. But I'm an ole fart, so I think badder, baddest = better, best just sounds stupid anyway. Jul 16, 2018 at 12:39
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    No, worse and worst would not convey the same meaning.
    – user 66974
    Jul 16, 2018 at 12:41
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    Related: english.stackexchange.com/questions/79183/…
    – user 66974
    Jul 16, 2018 at 14:43

1 Answer 1


Bad in the sense of good is like badass.

Worse does not work in this sense, except when referring to a person ironically such as, "Oh, John, you are just the worst."

That would mean that John is, for example, satirically witty and actually quite charming, but slightly daring in his behavior.

But on the whole, "bad" in the sense of "good" does not continue the "worse, worst" pattern.

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