He.thirdcrank wrote: ↑17 Mar 2023, 11:04am I've just noticed another of my niggles: "perfectly" to mean "quite" or something similar.
Perhaps the worst case is "perfectly legal" when it means something like "within the law but deplorable."
That's an interesting one. I really like that usage, and use it quite* a lot so I'm intrigued to understand your niggle - whilst defending your right to indulge it!
May I make a couple of points:
- "quite" has multiple meanings (often it means something like slightly *see above).
- the other related usage would be something like "Never jump out of a perfectly good aeroplane." (in the context of recreational parachuting)