"terminally" = utterly; extraordinarily

Amy West medievalist at W-STS.COM
Wed Jul 1 12:27:09 UTC 2009

Oh, certainly. And I appreciate learning from Victor, Geoff Nathan,
and you, the other interpretations/analyses.

---Amy West

>Date:    Tue, 30 Jun 2009 13:40:30 -0400
>From:    Mark Mandel <thnidu at GMAIL.COM>
>Subject: Re: "terminally" = utterly; extraordinarily
>On Tue, Jun 30, 2009 at 10:14 AM, Amy West <medievalist at w-sts.com> wrote:
>>  This puts me in mind of the "terminally stupid" phrase that I hear
>>  sometimes. There the use of "terminally" makes sense to me as the
>>  implication is that the person/act is so stupid that it will cause
>>  terminaton of the person's life.
>>  ---Amy West
>But could it also make sense with the extended, bleached meaning? Such has
>been my experience, IIRC.
>Mark Mandel

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