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|Subject: Re: The whole six yards?||Date: 1/12/2013 8:30 AM|
|Author: FCorelli||Number: 47283 of 59866|
And I feel like a million bucks! nowadays, might mean one feels as if they are coming down with the flu.
And Gee, Honey, you're One-in-a-Million! would be damning with faint praise.
“Anyone who studies quotations and phraseology often sees a phenomenon I hereby dub ‘phrase inflation’: in expressions that use a number meant to be impressive, that number is likely to grow over time.”
He cites the example of “cloud nine,” a phrase that originally appeared as “cloud seven” and “cloud eight.”
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