"Horrible, Terrible Words"

2006
Apr
18

I think you could say that terror and horror are partially synonymous, at least similar in connotation (Bad. Real bad.). Terrify and horrify are similarly similar, as are terrible and horrible. It could be argued that in today’s world we need terms like horrorist and horrorize to go alongside terrorist and terrorize. So how did we end up with terrific meaning something so different from horrific? (And I’m speaking as a life-long fan of Tom Terrific.)

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