Awesome vs. Awful

by bxrtley

Why is ‘awesome’ positive and ‘awful’ negative? If awe is this feeling of reverential respect mixed with fear and wonder, wouldn’t full awe be better than some awe? Awful used to have a positive meaning eons ago. As time passes, words tend to take on new meanings. Sometimes they aren’t subscribed to time and culture, but an event. For example, water in a desert is life-saving, while water at the deep end of a pool can be life-threatening. But some words will never change: Love, hope, faith, joy, rest. That’s because they’re connected to timeless truths of humanity.