c.1600, "profoundly reverential," from awe + -some. Meaning"inspiring awe" is from 1670s; weakened colloquial sense of"impressive, very good" is recorded by 1961 and was in voguefrom after c.1980.
Funny thing that we "weaken" language with time. That is probably the reason that OMG made it into Webster's Dictionary this year.
|From Popsicle (Papa Wright). Insane, right? Or "awesome."|
What are your favorite words? In case any of you are not aware of how dorky I am, I used to actually read the dictionary. I think language is so beautiful, and even more so when you know its origin. My second favorite word: lovely. Shocking, I know.
Here is another that might surprise you: