The devolution of English language and slothful c.l.p behaviors exposed!
steve+comp.lang.python at pearwood.info
Wed Jan 25 19:53:20 EST 2012
On Wed, 25 Jan 2012 12:14:43 -0800, Rick Johnson wrote:
> PS: Just like i suspected; not one single use of "pretty" was wielded to
> describe the pleasurable attributes of a person, place, or thing. Mind
Have you even bothered to look up "pretty" in the dictionary?
Dictionary.com has this usage note:
The qualifying adverb pretty, meaning "fairly or moderately"
has been in general use since the late 16th century. Although
most common in informal speech and writing, it is far from
restricted to them, and often is less stilted than alternatives
such as relatively, moderately, and quite.
so your complaints are about 400 years late. Perhaps you don't know as
much about the English language as you think.
The Oxford Dictionary lists the first definition of "pretty" as
Orig. cunning, crafty. Later (of a person) clever, skillful;
(of a thing) cleverly made or done, ingenious, artful.
and states that it is derived from Old English praettig, "capricious,
Other meanings include:
"excellent or admirable in appearance"
"brave, gallant, warlike" (this one is chiefly Scots)
"Of a person, esp. a woman or child: attractive and pleasing
in appearance; beautiful in a delicate, dainty or diminutive
way without stateliness"
"Of a quantity or amount: considerable, great"
"To a considerable extent, considerably; fairly, moderately,
I think it is absolutely wonderful that the English language has evolved
in such a way that "pretty" means both warlike and dainty :)
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