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“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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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.”

http://www.grammarphobia.com/blog/2013/01/the-whole-six-yard......
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New nursery rhymes now begin with "Twice upon a time..."
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