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Old 26th Jun 2008, 17:37   #121
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Yes, it's used I think because people feel that 'practically' or another widely used intensifier isn't strong enough, so they use 'literally' to mean 'not literally'. A little like 'most favourite', which used to be a joke when Del Boy said it in Only Fools and Horses but now is common parlance. 'This is my favourite book' now seems bland and noncommittal as a result.
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Yes, it's used I think because people feel that 'practically' or another widely used intensifier isn't strong enough, so they use 'literally' to mean 'not literally'. A little like 'most favourite', which used to be a joke when Del Boy said it in Only Fools and Horses but now is common parlance. 'This is my favourite book' now seems bland and noncommittal as a result.
In Scotland, they (I use 'they' to distance myself from such peasants) use 'best' instead of 'favourite', as in, "What was your best subject at school?"

Even when I was at school I would say, "Do you mean favourite? Because favourite and best are two different things."

I was a pedantic little thing even then.
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'Fit' when used to mean attractive. It really pissed me off when I was at school and it had just gained currency. I'd make a point of describing the gaunt, grotesquely lithe girl at school as 'fit', to howls of derision from my friends: she was the country champion in the 800 metres.

'Lush' when used to mean attractive, though according to the dictionary it can mean "voluptuous and sensual", which is in the ball park.
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'Lush' when used to mean attractive, though according to the dictionary it can mean "voluptuous and sensual", which is in the ball park.
Ah, but here in the south-west we have the peerless expression 'gurt lush' (don't forget to sound the 'r' in 'gurt' and glottal-stop the 't') though to my everlasting disappointment it seems to have fallen out of currency somewhat. It's reserved for someone who's really attractive, like a Sugababe or suchlike.
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If I called someone a lush it would mean they were a drunk, a borderline alcoholic (or, jaikie).
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Jaikie - first time I've seen it written. Only ever heard it. Probably haven't read enough Kelman. But I don't agree with Urban Dictionary's definition. To my knowledge, it's used to describe an alcoholic, or heavy drinker. Nothing else. Jaikie.
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Jaikie led me to nuggetting (of a backpack). That's a jolly jape. Comical, but with a risk of damage, like Thurber's favourite practical jokes:
o attaching a roller skate to one foot of a person who has dozed off in the train station.
o putting cold poached eggs in people's coat pockets at a party.
o covering the loo pedestal in cling film.
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Jaikie - first time I've seen it written. Only ever heard it. Probably haven't read enough Kelman. But I don't agree with Urban Dictionary's definition. To my knowledge, it's used to describe an alcoholic, or heavy drinker. Nothing else. Jaikie.
I'm surprised you're almost a jaikie virgin. Have you read the Harry Potter books? They were written by an alcoholic apparently. Jaikie Rowling.

Ba-doom TISH.

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Reminded of one by the coverage of Andy Murray's vulgar display on Centre Court after his match against Richard Gasquet. Newspapers, bloggers, website commenters: there is no such word as 'bicep'. The muscle which lies across the inner side of the humerus and contracts to bring the forearm up is called the biceps. There is a biceps on the left arm and a biceps on the right. It is a singular noun which ends with an s. Is that so hard to understand?
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Having my Shorter OED to hand, I looked up biceps and at the end of the entry it says:

bicep n. (non-standard) = BICEPS n. M20

It also informs me that it is used especially of the flexor muscle of the front of the upper arm (often taken as the type of physical strength) or of the thigh.

I should really be doing my work now.
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