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Posted by Jamie on February 06, 2003

In Reply to: Meaning /origin posted by TheFallen on February 05, 2003

: : half - pregnant
: : answer to a maiden's prayer

: Meanings at least.

: Half-pregnant. An impossible state to be in, because (obviously) it's a black or white deal, all or nothing. Often used to refer to someone who's trying to sit on the fence when it's impossible to do so - "you can't be half-pregnant, you know."

There is also the similar sounding "partially pregnant" which refers to the process of getting someone hooked on something: e.g. giving away a useful piece of software for free then, when people find it indispensible, insist they start paying for it. I first heard the term from an ex-IBMer.