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Subject:  Re: The whole six yards? Date:  1/12/2013  8:30 AM
Author:  FCorelli Number:  47283 of 116900

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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