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Out of this world

Posted by Smokey Stover on November 25, 2005

In Reply to: Out of this world posted by Smokey Stover on November 25, 2005

: : out of this world. Anybody know where this one comes from or why?

: If it's out of this world it's otherworldly. It's usually meant as a sort of superlative: better than anything on THIS world. Does that fit your context? SS

If you Google "out of this world" you will find nearly 4 million entries available. Besides its use as hyperbole, it's sometimes used as a catch phrase for anything, such as an enterprise or piece of entertainment, which has to do with space travel, astronomy, celestial bodies, the non-religious supernatural. or anything else otherworldly. There was a movie in 1945 (Eddie Bracken, Veronica Lake), a musical by Cole Porter , a song sung by Frank Sinatra, a computer game , and my favorite, a pleasant and amusing TV comedy (1987-91) about an American family normal in every respect except that dad is perpetually off-planet. SS