Courtney M Eckhardt cme at MIT.EDU
Thu May 4 15:52:26 EDT 2000

I think "frightful" can mean "disturbing" or distressing" or otherwise
upsetting.  It can be used to refer to something that inspires actual
fear, but I think it can also be used to refer to other more generally
distressing things.

As always, IANAL (I am not a linguist :).


In message <200005041903.VAA00738 at>, Britta Koch writes:
>I seem only to chime in on the linguistic questions, but then I _do_
>study computational linguistics. Btw, hi Bettina! I'm from Germany too,
>and have ordered quite a few DWJ books to reread in English - but
> is very slow - I've bben waiting for the books for months!
>Another reason why I always post off topic ;)
>> "Schrecklich" is another option which I like.  (I do speak and read a little
>> German, but my vocabulary is practically nonexistent.)  It is a synonym for
>> "awful" but seems to suggest horribleness rather than frightfulness, as I
>> recall....
>So "awful" has as a connotaion not only horrible, bad, but also
>frightful? I always tend to overlook that "schrecklich" comes from
>"Schreck" (= fright), so I don't use any of these words when taking
>about frightening things... or is frightful unlike frightening?
>Aaaah... connotations. Once you stop looking up words in a dictionary,
>you thrive on them ("I don't know what it means, but I can tell you
>what I connect with the word").
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