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Started by thismorning on Jan 29, 2020 8:01:28 PM
Just stop saying it, can't you!

The word superb. Find a plain Anglo-Saxon substitute. Stop the rot. Think Winston Churchill. It just makes sense. Don't like Brexit? Stop the poncy word burping.

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thismorning - 29 Jan 2020 20:02:19 (#1 of 35)

Christ.

barkis - 29 Jan 2020 20:03:50 (#2 of 35)

Outstanding is Germanic.

surferboogiewhatever - 29 Jan 2020 20:04:40 (#3 of 35)

English is essentially a Germanic language.

thismorning - 29 Jan 2020 20:07:58 (#4 of 35)

Christ. Essentially is a latinism ffs,like f-ing superb.

darkhorse - 29 Jan 2020 20:08:05 (#5 of 35)

Great!

Super!

surferboogiewhatever - 29 Jan 2020 20:09:02 (#6 of 35)

What should I have said? English is a Germanic language at heart?

Dubris - 29 Jan 2020 20:11:37 (#7 of 35)

This thread is superb.

Somebody had to say it. I thought, "Why not me?" and I had no adequate answer.

browserbutton - 29 Jan 2020 20:12:56 (#8 of 35)

My lilium is superbum.

thismorning - 29 Jan 2020 20:13:15 (#9 of 35)

English is a mongrel language raised to 11 by certain miraculous writers such as "shakespeare" and that lot."superb" is something said with numbed lips and brain.

Dubris - 29 Jan 2020 20:19:19 (#10 of 35)

My Collin's English Dictionary suggests that English picked up "superb" from French in the 16th century and the French had got it from Latin. As such it fits excellently with the mongrel nature of English.

It's not a word I use very much, because it suggests a degree of excellence beyond that which I normally need to convey. I probably overuse "good" in a brain-numbed way.

surferboogiewhatever - 29 Jan 2020 20:26:45 (#11 of 35)

I quite like "splendid" when I need a strong positive word. It's got a sort of tongue-in-cheek old-fashionedness that I enjoy. I once called a big, fat, inquisitive old goose at a campsite a splendid goose, and the phrase has gone down in family folklore - "you know when we stayed at the place with the splendid goose?"

thismorning - 29 Jan 2020 20:27:01 (#12 of 35)

Well said, Jeeves. Spot on. (replying to elegant Dubris, of course. Jeeves I am sure never used the word superb, and one cannot imagine the drop in room temperature had Bertie let it slip out when discussing the "jacket"..

Peacock - 29 Jan 2020 20:46:24 (#13 of 35)

I think we should use more Latin thismorning

barkis - 29 Jan 2020 20:49:03 (#14 of 35)

#12

Rem acu tetegisti.

mentranilvavin - 29 Jan 2020 20:49:29 (#15 of 35)

Super duper is the correct usage.

Peacock - 29 Jan 2020 20:52:20 (#16 of 35)

Es scortum obscenus vilis

pranzingfrogg - 29 Jan 2020 20:54:50 (#17 of 35)

Doubleplusgood is all you need.

Peacock - 29 Jan 2020 20:57:38 (#18 of 35)

Podex perfectus es

FGBFGB - 29 Jan 2020 21:12:37 (#19 of 35)

Spiffing!

Peacock - 29 Jan 2020 21:14:37 (#20 of 35)

Te futueo et caballum tuum

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