[Ads-l] ridiculous

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Sat Feb 27 13:04:31 EST 2021


See also my 2011 Boston Globe column on the semantic expansion of
"ridiculous."

https://www.bostonglobe.com/ideas/2011/10/22/that-ridiculous/ltiJz8pdDVdkUofsnREXCN/story.html


On Sat, Feb 27, 2021 at 11:05 AM Nancy Friedman <wordworking at gmail.com>
wrote:

> "Ludicrous performance": Tesla
> "Absurdly fresh groceries": Good Eggs
> Ridiculously Good: chocolate brand from the Netherlands
>
> I wrote about the trend for the Visual Thesaurus in 2017:
> https://www.visualthesaurus.com/cm/candlepwr/laughing-matters/
>
> I cited Ben Yagoda, who in turn cited sportscasters, who have evinced a
> "recent fondness for calling a great play ridiculous'."
>
>
> On Sat, Feb 27, 2021 at 7:01 AM Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> > 'Amazing; astonishing.'  Not in MW.
> >
> > Quora.com:  "How ridiculous was American production in World War 2?"
> >
> > Cf. "outrageous."
> >
> >
>

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