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Old 03-28-2013, 12:15 PM   #28
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Originally Posted by retrowagen View Post
One thing I think some of our American and non-British English-speaking friends might not realise, culturally, is that in English colloquialism, historically, the word "demon" connotates a sort of (sold-your-soul-to-the-Devil-) brilliance at something, i.e., "He's a demon tennis player!" or "There was a demon spin on that serve." Sort of the archaic Britslang equivalent of the more recent negative-positive slang word, "sick."
Very interesting...the folks in Boston took similar liberties with "wicked", as in " a wicked good forehand".
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