fantastic

fantastic
1. Fantastic is one of the most popular colloquial terms for ‘excellent, very enjoyable’. It is first recorded with this meaning in the 1930s and is now used in all sorts of contexts:

• Oh, Val, isn't it fantastic?… It's amazing, isn't it? —Margery Allingham, 1938

• Then suddenly I get a call saying, ‘We are going on the road,’ so I was in and it was fantastic —Guitarist, 1992.

The adverb fantastically is also common as a general intensifier:

• He's fantastically good-looking —Iris Murdoch, 1989

• I felt my badminton was going to suffer and I wasn't doing fantastically at uni either —Herald (Glasgow), 2007.

2. Both fantastic and fantastically meanwhile continue to be used in their more literal meanings connected with fantasy and imagination, albeit somewhat compromised by the newer meanings:

• We gazed in wonderment at the fantastic shape of the small island of Tindholmur as we passed —B. Tulloch, 1991

• De Quincey frequently dreamt of a fantastically elaborate and labyrinthine building —R. Castleden, 1993.


Modern English usage. 2014.

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