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30 / 10 / 2008

TERRIFYING vs. TERRIFIC: meaning and examples

Good morning.

Today we continue our Halloween theme of looking at words and expressions that mean to scare or to frighten. However, today we look at a false friend that students often think means terrifying or frightening, but it does NOT.

Today's word is: terrific (adjective)

It means: very good or interesting; wonderful.

Example 1:
I am having a terrific day!

Example 2:
Janet has a terrific personality.

This adjective is a false friend; it has nothing to do with the Spanish word terrorifico. To express this Spanish word, which is negative, in English you would use the words terrifying or frightening.

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Have a terrific day!