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In the hit novel Mala honda by Chilean author Alberto Fuguet I remember the word "bomb" being used a lot.

It's obviously a slang word. I think it was only used in dialogue. I got the impression it was there to set the tone of the period, which is the very early 1980s.

Una vez fui a su casa, me acuerdo a hacer un trabajo. El impacto fue duro, no pude dormir, quedé bomb.

Regresar a Chile, loco, a este puterío rasca, bomb, con los milicos por todos lados y la repre, las mentes chatas, es más que heavy.

Me siento detrás de ellos, mis ojos enfrentando el estacionamiento, mis oídos enfrentando a estos dos clones de Jerry Lewis en su etapa más bomb.

So how widespread is or was the term "bomb"? Just '80s Chile or beyond?

As a bonus question, what does it mean? Just "cool" or something else?

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This question is the bomb! –  Flimzy Nov 17 '11 at 17:32
    
The book made me think it was being used in Chile before I remember it being used in English, but I might be wrong on that. –  hippietrail Nov 17 '11 at 18:07
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That word "bomb" (or "bomba" in Spanish) was (and sometimes is) used not only in Chile but in Argentina also. In phrases like:

¡Esto es una bomba! (This is so awesome/cool!)

And:

¡La pasamos bomba! (We had a very good time!)

But as you said it was used more in the '80s and it's not used very often now.

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It really stood out to me particularly for being spelled in English consistently in the book. Thanks for the answer! –  hippietrail Nov 18 '11 at 19:51
    
I'm not sure this fits in with the first two example sentences. Can you make any comment on those now that I've added some from the actual text of the book? –  hippietrail Nov 21 '11 at 15:20
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Mmm... I don't know that use of "bomb". Maybe is a very specific slang of that Author or maybe as you say a term used only in Chile in the '80s. –  Lucas Gabriel Sánchez Nov 21 '11 at 20:25
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