[Not a few children, boys as well as girls, have the sad habit of prefixing the word awful to many of the commonest things they say. Such an improper way of talking is quite pointedly corrected in the following paragraph from the English Chatterbox of 1878. B. N. N.]

THERE was once an awful little girl who had an "awful" to everything. She lived in an awful house, in an awful village, which was an awful distance from every other awful place. She went to an awful school, where she had an awful teacher, who gave her awful lessons out of awful books. Every day she was so awful hungry that she ate an awful amount of food, so that she looked awful healthy. Her hat was awful small, and her feet were awful large. When she took an awful walk, she climbed awful hills; and when she got awful tired, she sat down under an awful tree to rest. In summer she was awful hot, and in winter she was awful cold. When it didn't rain, there was an awful drouth; and when the awful drouth was over, there was an awful rain. So this awful girl has come to an awful way of speaking, and if she does not get rid of this vulgar way of saying "awful" about everything, I fear she will by-and-by come to some awful end.


Other words may be substituted for awful, 

where other people can use wrongly many

 different words to their detriment.