Furthermore, given that French has no distinction between girls and daughters this could be referring to a group of girls under someones tutalage or protection. E.g. pupils, the girl scouts or brownies.
Context would be needed to know this was in reference to daughters.
lawrence: you warm my heart. I have been arguing against the slangy use of awesome and brilliant to no avail for weeks. Einstein is brilliant, the Rockies are awesomel
all slang eventually becomes dated. I said if one could say your girls are awesome, you should also be able to say, your girls are the cats pyjamas, or a couple of splendid fillies (1920s and 1890s respectively.
Oh and let me join the chorus of those who have the devaluation of language by the clichés of buzz words of the moment. Mind you (arguing against myself) language does change use over time, but I suppose it is the overkill of Insta ubiquity, which means language becomes less, rather than more, rich
And that's fine, Norman. I suppose by "English", you mean people in England, n'est-ce pas ? The word "awesome" is certainly more common in the U.S. and it is rather "young" and a bit "slangy". You may be shocked to learn that U.S. speakers find the BrE use of "brilliant" in this context to be somewhat amusing. Nevertheless, you may use the term that suits you and trust you will allow others to do the same.
You should think of "génial" as meaning great.
Linguee.fr gives the most common translations of "génial" as great, awesome, and brilliant. In the "More rare" translations category, it lists super, ingenious, fantastic, terrific, fabulous, superb, nifty, tremendous, marvelous, capital, and cracking. You'll note that none of those are synonyms for "nice."
For nice, I typically use gentil, aimable, or sympa(thique).
Yes. I am three decades past 18, and I use "awesome" all the time. It is in widespread and ubiquitous use in the U.S. at least.
According to Google Ngram, "awesome" hit its initial peak in the U.S. in the early 80's, and is even more widely-used now. I would also guess that it is more popular in speech than in print. Ngram does show lower usage in the UK.
Maybe it came from the movie Tora Tora Tora. They would re-run it throughout the 70s, especially on Memorial days. The Japanese Admiral made a dramatic speech (best part of the movie) where he mentions the awesome industrial potential of the US which he then described as a sleeping giant! Every time they would show it everyone would use the word awesome in everyday speech with greater frequency for awhile. Then movies like Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Bill and Ted's excellent adventure in the 1980s prominently used it and it seemed to stick. So you can blame Hollywood for this one! And yes I say awesome too! See my previous posting above for a link about this.
I refuse to use the word awesome in that context. Wonderful is as far as I am going to go. I don’t care how many times I’m told I’m wrong. I was an English professor in my pre -retirement existence and I have studied words, their meaning, their origin all my life. Slang is ephemeral.
I am a linguist and an attorney, and I share your love for beautiful English. There is a time and a place for casual language. I would not use the word "awesome" in any of the contracts that I write, but I might tell my son that he was "awesome" if he were to win a high school XC race.
Sometimes slang is ephemeral; sometimes it becomes French.
I had an interesting class in college, many years ago, on the development of old French from vulgar Latin. At what point did it stop being bad Latin and start being proper French?
I can imagine some 12th century French folks complaining about "beaucoup." French already had a perfectly good word, "moult," that barely survives into modern French (cf. "muy" in Spanish and "molto" in Italian).
Regardless, thanks for an interesting discussion. You have a great evening.
I wish I’d seen your reply before I wrote my subsequent entry. I found your comments very interesting. I remember someone saying once that French has developed from the bad Latin spoken by the Gauls. And English, of course, is an amalgam of many languages, not least of all, medieval French.
I was just thinking about my teenagers. They might say something was "awesome," but they would be just as likely to say that it was "lit"--with the same meaning. "Lit" can also mean "intoxicated" or "high," but it's most common use among the teenagers around here is as the new version of "cool" or "awesome."
So perhaps in a decade, folks can debate whether Duo should accept "Your girls/daughters are lit!" (Or even, God forbid, "Ur grlz r lit!")
Bonne nuit !
the troubles with words like awesome and brilliant in anything other than informal speech is that slang (and that’s what it is) so quickly dates. Would you say “Your daughter is the cat’s pjyjamas” or “your daughter is one jolly ripping filly, old thing.” this is slang from the 1920s and 1890s. “brilliant” and “awesome” will go the same way. And that’s why I refuse to use it.
I guess that's where we disagree. After at least three decades in common usage, I don't believe we can fairly consider "awesome" to be slang. It is perfectly standard American English used in homes, schools, and boardrooms across the United States.
"Awesome" is a straightforward adjective that expanded its semantic scope. "Awesome" may wax and wane in popularity, but it is not likely to go the way of the quirky, dated metaphors you cite. It will more likely follow the path of "awful" into permanent daily use. (Two centuries ago some folks objected to the overuse of "awful" as a mere synonym for "very bad" rather than its proper meaning of "full of awe.")
If you want odd, dated metaphors, perhaps we can argue instead about whether "Your daughters are amazeballs!" should be accepted? "Amazeballs" is likely to go the way of "cat's pyjamas."