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Postby jinksys » Thu 02.10.2005 3:43 am

someone posted "kono site wa sugoi ne" in the shoutbox.
I know this means, "this site is SUGOI, right?/dont you agree/etc"
but I looked up sugoi in edict and it gave me,

凄い: すごい (adj) terrible; dreadful; terrific; amazing; great; wonderful; to a great extent;

is this site terrible or wonderful?!
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RE: すごい

Postby Sunny Pig » Thu 02.10.2005 4:53 am

「すごい」usually means the last five meanings that you have stated and is usually written in kana only. I think the only time it is written in kanji is when you want to express its negative meanings. Compare 「凄い」 with 「凄み」.
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RE: sugoi

Postby jinksys » Thu 02.10.2005 4:09 pm

thanks!
but if the same word is both a negative and positive adjective...
how do you know what someone means when they say it?
Do you just listen to their tone?
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RE: sugoi

Postby Spaztick » Thu 02.10.2005 4:11 pm

Tone, and the context of the sentence, example:

"Man that nasty steak was (insert word here)"

vs

"Man that delecious steak was (insert word here)"

Close to the same thing.
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RE: sugoi

Postby jinksys » Thu 02.10.2005 4:21 pm

hmm...neato-burrito.
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RE: sugoi

Postby clay » Thu 02.10.2005 4:32 pm

terrible today primarily has a negative conotation, but originally it could be positive as well - Meaning, "full of awe" but not awful B)
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RE: sugoi

Postby TokyoRoze » Fri 02.11.2005 10:59 am

Sugoi= Amazing, wow
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RE: sugoi

Postby hihlordjp » Fri 02.11.2005 12:02 pm

It's like that British expression "Wicked!" which is a negative word that can mean something positive, depending on the context of its usage.
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RE: sugoi

Postby jinksys » Fri 02.11.2005 11:48 pm

lol, ive never head a british person say that.
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RE: sugoi

Postby GMK-kaijuu » Sat 02.12.2005 1:01 am

Or The Boston way "That is Wicked Awesome"!!
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RE: sugoi

Postby hihlordjp » Sat 02.12.2005 3:49 am

jinksys wrote:
lol, ive never head a british person say that.


Really? British kids like saying it... One example would be Ron from Harry Potter. "Wicked!" is a regular word in his dialogue. :)
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RE: sugoi

Postby ShinDig » Thu 03.10.2005 4:17 pm

Yeah, i use that word all the time over here (UK) it's pretty common :D another word that's used quite alot over here for saying that something's really cool/wicked is 'Sick' Don't ask :D
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RE: sugoi

Postby KRed » Sat 03.26.2005 11:02 am

As well as being an adjective meaning terrible, sugoi can also mean terribly and take on an adverbial meaning.

eg Sugoi samui (terribly cold)
Sugoi kawai (terribly cute)
Sugoi atsui (terribly hot)
Sugoi kowai (terribly scary)
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RE: sugoi

Postby hihlordjp » Sat 03.26.2005 11:16 am

Doesn't sugoi become sugoku in those cases?
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RE: sugoi

Postby KRed » Sat 03.26.2005 11:40 am

hihlordjp wrote:
Doesn't sugoi become sugoku in those cases?


It should do but I usually hear people say sugoi + adjective, you can still say sugoku + adjective but I hear sugoi + adjective all the time.

This raises a good question. Is sugoi + adjective gramatically sound or is it a colloquial phrase with gramatic holes ie like "John and me" instead of "John and I". Can anyone shed any light on this?
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