Posted by Rube on October 15, 2002
In Reply to: Re: Rumble posted by R. Berg on October 12, 2002
Websters II's primary definition of best is "exceeding all others in excellence, achievement or quality." None of the five definitions listed therein indicate that there must be more than one other for comparison, although there may be. When talking feet, there is only one other.
If I offer you a glass of my best wine, how many did I leave in the cellar? Could I have saved the best to be consumed last and have none remaining, and in that case is it not my best any longer it merely was my best when I had three or more bottles?