A friend said, 'I've always liked the paradoxical phrases, like something is so awesome it is "righteous" or it is sooo "wicked!" I decided to walk around calling things "wicked righteous!" I got some funny looks. :)’ I replied, 'Now THAT's a creative idea. There was 'wicked good' some time back, but 'wicked righteous' is holier-than-'wicked good'. He said, 'I've always been interested in holiness, lol.' So he then could be called 'stinkin' holy', right? 2 Corinthians 2.14-17 says that, to unbelievers, we're the stink of death, but to believers we're the fragrance of life.' So we smell to high heaven! So the original statement is right about there being a stink—it just attributed that to the wrong party, like Bill Clinton bombing the wrong people in Sarajevo or Charles II bombarding the wrong navy (the Dutch instead of the French) in the late 1600s, or the USA bombing the wrong building (the Chinese embassy rather than the actual target). But that's a small detail—a trifle. Only the Chinese didn't seem to think so—David Letterman said that in retaliation they bombed the KFC in Beijing, so now, 'all we have is Extra Crispy. I'm sorry.'
And as far as paradoxical phrases go, my favorite (to the question 'How are you?) is 'I'm not unwell, thank you.' People don't like it because they have to think. Or, as a comedian said, you can respond, 'I'm moderately neat-o'. Then the inquirers have to ask their children how you are.
A Canadian friend said, ‘To me "stinkin" is used not in a very complimentary way. I have heard it…as a derogatory expression. It is not a compliment. To me when people use words that are not used as they are defined it means they have a lack of intelligence not to increase their vocabulary. It not funny either.’ But she’s Canadian, and Canada is too cold for people who do things emotionally--they CAN'T act in the heat of the moment because no moments HAVE heat. So they use cold, pure, austere logic as pure as driven snow (of which they have plenty).
A USA-citizen friend defends herself thus: ‘I use the expression "stinkin' awesome" to mean "someone or something that stinks of awesomeness because they are so awesome." I can use the term "stinkin'" to tell someone that they smell really bad and need to shower, but I feel like, since language is a living, breathing, changing thing, it is flexible enough to encompass not just the denotation of a word, but also the connotation, so the same word can be used in different contexts to mean different things.’ She’s brilliant, accurate and lives in Illinois. I've noticed that people mainly in Illinois use this expression (at least, the people I've heard, and I imagine it spills over into neighboring states or people who move from Illinois to other places. llinois is one of two states (Connecticut being the other) where according to polls OVER 50% of the people living there would rather live elsewhere. If their attitude is that 'life stinks', maybe that fostered an expression suggesting that even the best things are bad (a sort of Gollum philosophy of life, or perhaps Eeyore). To that comment, the father of the Illinois eloquent asked for me to not get her started on Gollum, and she said, ‘Is it juuuuuiiiicccyyyyyy......is it.... SCRUUUMMPPTTIIIIIIOOOOUUUSSSS???’ To which I could only say, ‘Now, now, my precious’. Her father added: ‘That's awful, or awful stinkin' righteous! In the figurative sense for stinkin’, but the literal sense for awful, meaning full of awe, in which case why is something full of awe bad, (awful) but something which only has some awe good, hence, awesome should only be partially awe inspiring and awful should be the figurative version of what we mean when we say awesome? I do say sometimes English stinks!’
Another friend says, ‘I'm in New Hampshire now and if something is very good, it is "wicked!". I'm trying to get used to hearing it, but I am not fond of colloquialisms as a rule anyway so you'll not hear me say it.’
Another friend says, ‘When reading discussions like this my 5th grade English teacher comes to mind. Everyone using this type of vocabulary would get the ruler to their knuckles and detention. I can imagine a full 20% of the words that have evolved since the development of computers would not exist, if left up to her. And all this use of reverse / opposite meaning of words? The user wouldn't be allowed in her classroom.’ Good woman
As another person said, ‘You are really feeling devilishly good, aren't you?’