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Date: Apr 27 2005


1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

“I know I’m not Billy Bragg, but it does have a killer guitar part.”
Ben Gibbard, of the band Death Cab for Cutie
discussing one of his newer songs.


1. Definition - Study the definition.

very good, awesome, cool

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

This word is kind of retro. My older brother used to use it when he was in high school in the 80s. It went out of style for a while but it looks like it’s being used again.
You’d think that a word like killer would be something bad. It actually means something really, really good.
There are other slang words in the same genre as the word killer. Words like ‘bad’ and ‘wicked’ have surprisingly positive meanings. Killer!


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

“Pulp Fiction was a killer movie!

“The new Counting Crows cd is killer!”




1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

killer could be “awesome” in this case, I think.
by Paulo (Salvador, Brasil)
Killer in this case means something remarkable ,or extraordinary somehow.
by Ali (tartous, Syria)
very good, extraordinaire, cool, excellent
by Ines (Culiacan, Mexico)
Using the expression killer part he means that the song has a great guitar solo or compossition in it although it can’t be compared with others of its kind.
by Jocelyn (Veracruz, Mexico)
killer means awesome,great or wonderful.
by Emily (Qinhuangdao, China)
in my estimation, the “killer” is a adjective ; it means having impressive power,stunning, hit or something like that.
by victor (Tianjin, PR China)
marvellous and skillful
by tugba (aksaray, turkey)
brilliant or something incredible
by mona (tehran, iran)
It means it has an attractive guitar part.
by Matilda (Taipei, ROC)
It means remarkable & very nice
by Iman (Mashhad, Iran)
something very impressive
by paola (pasto, colombia)
Having impressive or effective power or impact; formidable
by Iqbal (Dhaka, Bangladesh)
attractive or appealing
by Jack (Xi’An, China)
by IMAH (Tarakan, Indonesia)
reaching to the soul of every guitar lover , catching everybody attention
by Gaurav (Pune, India)
killer sometimes means very good, wonderful, great ect.
by jihan (hongan, hubei, China)
killer = extremely good,extremely difficult to deal with ,extremely impressive ect.
by Danhp1(NakhonSawan, Thailand)

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well thanks to the englishbaby site like a million times and it's great to know to express good in another way and I hope this lesson above  is a killer lesson for me.

09:05 AM Sep 11 2009 |

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