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Idioms and Reality

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My favourite idiom in the English language is ‘It’s no use flogging a dead horse’. In case you are not familiar with it, it is an idiom that means that the outcome is already decided and no further effort can change that outcome and to continue the effort is a waste of time. I read somewhere, and I think it was either in a Philip Dick science fiction novel or one of Oliver Sacks’ books, […]

A Goodish Amount

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I use the word ‘goodish’ occasionally and I wondered when the word originated. It’s an interesting word in that it can mean a large amount (‘add a goodish amount of sugar to the mixture’) and can also mean good but not that good (‘He’s been goodish this season but he has a long way to go before he’s ready). The Free Dictionary cites several sources and I am not sure without trawling through each of […]