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The adjective bad got its current meaning of “bad”, “bad”, “bad” only in New High German . The word slimb can be traced back to the 11th century in the Old High German spelling and originally had the meaning “crooked”, “oblique”. The new usage is said to have developed first in expressions like "the matter is bad". The derivation worsen ("make worse" and "get worse") has been found since the 15th century.

The German dictionary of the Brothers Grimm states : “a word made by Lichtenberg ” for the verb to make worse in the sense of “to worsen something under what seems to want to improve ”. Early evidence of the use of the noun worsening improvement can be found in the 1810s.

Schlimm, or derivatives and nouns of the word, can be found as components of everyday German vocabulary in many proverbs, such as: "It always gets worse, it never gets better".

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Synonyms according to Duden "Etymology" - dictionary of origin of the German language. 2nd edition, Dudenverlag, 1989, Lemma schlimm
  2. ^ Sentence based on Kluge Etymological Dictionary of the German Language. 24th edition, 2002, Lemma bad
  3. ^ German Dictionary , Volume 25, Column 1106
  4. ^ Supplementary sheets to the Allgemeine Literatur-Zeitung , September 1813, p. 791
  5. cf. Karl Friedrich Wilhelm Wander (Hrsg.): German Proverbs Lexicon. Volume 4, Leipzig 1876, Sp. 239–240, online at

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