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Beneath contempt

Posted by Smokey Stover on June 01, 2006

In Reply to: Beneath contempt posted by David FG on June 01, 2006

: : What does the phrase beneath contempt, or beneath my contempt mean?

: It means that someone or something is so bad that it/they are undeserving even of my contempt. Totally worthless in other words.


It's one of those cases where our desire to exaggerate leads us into paradox. It's so contemptible that it doesn't even rise to the level of contemptibility. Contemptible is too flattering a designation for anything so contemptible. SS