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”?

  • 1
    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. – FumbleFingers Jul 16 '18 at 12:39
  • 1
    No, worse and worst would not convey the same meaning. – user 66974 Jul 16 '18 at 12:41
  • 1
    Related: english.stackexchange.com/questions/79183/… – user 66974 Jul 16 '18 at 14:43

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.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.