It could be worse. No, it can't get any worse than this!
I am a native English speaker. I know it is correct to say:
This is the worst meal or thing ever!
(Meaning that, in the superlative form, it is of the highest extreme of that poor quality
But I did a thought experiment: Say, "Two people are trapped in
a burning building, a couple. They can see the flames coming at 'em.
A: It can't get any worse for us!
B: No, I really think it can get worse.
So, here's the problem: Why not say "It can't get any worst for us!"
I know that's wrong, but I'm not sure why. I can accept that worse is for making
comparisons, but hasn't speaker "A" indicated that this is the most extreme
situation, already? And not inviting a comparison.
I'd just like to hear your thoughts.
No, cheeky answers, please.
(Word of warning: To those of you who might think "worst" is correct;
do some research first, I think you will find that not to be the case.)