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Posted: 23 September 2007 02:05 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Has it ever struck you how odd it is that these phrases that otherwise would simply mean “variety of” are used to mean “somewhat”?

Any clues about how that evolved?

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Posted: 23 September 2007 10:49 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Something that struck me also is that “sort” is rarely used as a vowel outside this expression, and even then, not with quite the same meaning.  Is this another of those words that survives in a single phrase?

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Posted: 23 September 2007 11:26 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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bayard - 23 September 2007 10:49 PM

Something that struck me also is that “sort” is rarely used as a vowel outside this expression, and even then, not with quite the same meaning.  Is this another of those words that survives in a single phrase?

Used as a vowel?

I don’t know, sort of and kind of seem explicable enough to me. “It’s kind of cold”, ie perhaps not cold but something akin to it, a temperature in that region.

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Posted: 23 September 2007 11:55 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Hmm, interesting, aldi.

bayard, in all kindness, I am a bit baffled by your post:
Something that struck me also is that “sort” is rarely used as a vowel outside this expression, and even then, not with quite the same meaning

Obviously you don’t mean vowel, so I thought maybe you meant verb, but sort is _very_ commonly used as a verb, and is _not_ a verb in the phrase “sort of”.

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Posted: 24 September 2007 01:19 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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It was too early in the morning.  I meant noun.

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