Awesome and awful may have the same root, but they’ve evolved opposite meanings. Awful goes back more than a thousand years, when it originally meant “full of awe” and later “causing dread.” Awesome showed up later and fulfills a different semantic role, meaning “fantastic” or “wonderful.” This is part of a complete episode.
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