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Idioms and Reality

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In case you are not familiar with it, the idiom It’s no use flogging a dead horse means that the outcome is already decided and no further effort can change that outcome. It means, furthermore, that it is blindingly obvious that to continue expending 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, that people suffering […]

A Goodish Amount

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‘Goodish’ can mean a large amount (‘add a goodish amount of sugar to the mixture’) and can also mean good but not that good, as in: That horse has been goodish this season but he has a long way to go before he’s ready for the big race. The Free Dictionary cites several sources, including this use of goodish from Charles Dickens’ Barnaby Rudge in the person of Solomon Daisy, the parish clerk of Chigwell: Ay, but […]