The vocabulary pitfall

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or a bad habit?

He says "that's fine" to everything.

Today I put out an amazing hot oatmeal bar for the two of them with black walnut, toasted pecans, brown sugar, fresh blueberries, fresh raspberries, fresh strawberries, whipped cream cheese, cinnamon, and milk. This after homemade butter pecan muffins... She is vegetarian.

"that's fine"

I have it all laid out on my best vintage china, it is set up just for them and absolutely beautiful! I would have taken a photo, but the "that's fine" made me lose the urge! He popped a hole in my balloon and all the air went right out...

Yesterday I did a fantastic DINER breakfast, with hash-browns and all diner fare "that's fine" he replied. I was NOT apologizing for it. I said "Today we will have a fantastic diner breakfast!" "that's fine"

I think I am the only one with zeal in the world some days... it is like a slap in the face to have someone say "that's fine" to you when you go to a ton of effort. If you are prone to say it, a bad habit, stop it! broken heart

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Not a morning person. Not awake. Not enough caffeine. Or doesn't really care one way or the other.

Another reason I don't do well at breakfast at a b&b. I can't do chipper over breakfast. I just withdraw into my shell.

Doesn't mean I don't like it or appreciate it.

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Madeleine wrote:

Not a morning person. Not awake. Not enough caffeine. Or doesn't really care one way or the other.

Another reason I don't do well at breakfast at a b&b. I can't do chipper over breakfast. I just withdraw into my shell.

Doesn't mean I don't like it or appreciate it.

Not even close to that. I would have picked up on that. Just a blawze person, how do you spell Blase? Jonno you will jump on my spelling here.

They are having early breakfast each morning, they can eat at 9am, they aren't.

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How's the open seating going anyway?

Blasé.

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fine
adjective
1 excellent, first-class, first-rate, great, exceptional, outstanding, quality, superior, splendid, magnificent, exquisite, choice, select, prime, supreme, superb, wonderful, superlative, of high quality, second to none; informal A1, top-notch, blue-ribbon, blue-chip, splendiferous. ANTONYMS poor.

 

If said with an exclamation point, "that's fine!" I would take it as a great (fine) compliment!

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Harborfields wrote:

fine
adjective
1 excellent, first-class, first-rate, great, exceptional, outstanding, quality, superior, splendid, magnificent, exquisite, choice, select, prime, supreme, superb, wonderful, superlative, of high quality, second to none; informal A1, top-notch, blue-ribbon, blue-chip, splendiferous. ANTONYMS poor.

 

If said with an exclamation point, "that's fine!" I would take it as a great (fine) compliment!

Sure, that is the definition.  But if you ask DH what it means when I say that to him you will definitely not get that definition from him!  wink

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Copperhead wrote:

Harborfields wrote:

fine
adjective
1 excellent, first-class, first-rate, great, exceptional, outstanding, quality, superior, splendid, magnificent, exquisite, choice, select, prime, supreme, superb, wonderful, superlative, of high quality, second to none; informal A1, top-notch, blue-ribbon, blue-chip, splendiferous. ANTONYMS poor.

 

If said with an exclamation point, "that's fine!" I would take it as a great (fine) compliment!

Sure, that is the definition.  But if you ask DH what it means when I say that to him you will definitely not get that definition from him!  wink

I saw that recently, one of the lines a woman says that a husband does NOT want to here "It's FINE!" and it never means good. haha

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Harborfields wrote:

fine
adjective
1 excellent, first-class, first-rate, great, exceptional, outstanding, quality, superior, splendid, magnificent, exquisite, choice, select, prime, supreme, superb, wonderful, superlative, of high quality, second to none; informal A1, top-notch, blue-ribbon, blue-chip, splendiferous. ANTONYMS poor.

 

If said with an exclamation point, "that's fine!" I would take it as a great (fine) compliment!

He never said "my my that's a fine woman right there!" cool

No finery in these comments. Not even an Andy Griffith "that's mighty fine bluegrass playin'!" 

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Harborfields wrote:

If said with an exclamation point, "that's fine!" I would take it as a great (fine) compliment!

Well yes, fine as in "fine diamonds" and "fine china" and "fine dining".

But it all depends on the intonation. Emphasise the word fine and it can be a compliment. Say "it's fine" in a monotone and you get JB's problem. I'm guessing her guest says it in a "it's so-so" sort of way.

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Yes it's like you ask, with enthusiasm, "How did you like it?!" and they reply, "It was so-so," or "It was OK". Grrr!

One of my own pet peeves is "no problem". When I thank a store clerk for pointing me to the mens room, I don't want to hear "no problem" as a reply. I can't explain why that flies all over me, but it does!

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I am trying tp break myself of the "no problem" habit. I am inculcating the use of "It's my pleasure!" Still the wrong response to your question, Arks. There IS no reply other than the directions. Or You are welcome.,

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