"all" = very; quite

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue Oct 18 04:05:27 UTC 2005

On 10/17/05, Douglas G. Wilson <douglas at nb.net> wrote:
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> Poster:       "Douglas G. Wilson" <douglas at NB.NET>
> Subject:      Re: "all" = very; quite
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> >In my late, lamented youth, the preferred form would have been " ...
> >got all boring _and everything_ ..."
> Mine too ... but sometimes it was, like: "all boring _and shit_".
> The model with "shit" seems quite popular nowadays.
> -- Doug Wilson

The form with "and shit" has always been the more naturally used form
and shit, but, given that this listserv has white folk on it and shit,
I was merely all trying and shit to be all polite and shit and not all
writing and shit like I was all talking and shit to one of my old
partners and shit from back in the day and shit and shit. ;-)
-Wilson Gray

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