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English slang: “sick” means “great”

I think this originates from the US but I’ve heard it quite a lot in the UK too so I think it’s useful to know, although too confusing for you to use.

“Sick” normally means “ill”, but for some reason is has become a slang synonym for “great”, “amazing” and similar words, having a very positive meaning. I don’t really understand why.


“That tune is sick!” (“That song is great!”)

“I can’t wait for the party on Friday, it’s gonna be sick.”

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