I don't know if English is the only language where some expressions only and solely mean the opposite of what they say but we do have an awful lot of them.
The difference between tragedy and comedy: Tragedy is something awful happening to somebody else, while comedy is something awful happening to somebody else.
Either the opponents of slavery will arrest the further spread of it and place it where the public mind shall rest in the belief that it is in course of ultimate extinction, or its advocates will push it forward, till it shall become alike lawful in all the States - old as well as new - North as well as South.
If I could sing, that would be cool. But I can't. I mean, I physically can, but I'm awful. It's weird to be really bad at singing.
An excellent job with a dubious undertaking, which is like saying it would be great if it wasn't awful.
They spend an awful lot of money on I-don't-know-what in Hollywood movies; I certainly didn't get any of it. But they sure do love spending money.
In the '80s, they were using an awful lot of technology but hadn't really figured out how it worked yet... You had these really great, simple pop songs turned into these gigantic overproductions.
Nobody gets through life without experiencing some form of rejection, which is why everybody knows how awful it feels.
Salt is a more-ish sort of thing. But it can be a bad thing if there's too much salt. It's awful.
He who learns must suffer. And even in our sleep pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God.