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Just mere two fish

Posted by R. Berg on November 30, 2007

In Reply to: Just mere two fish posted by Brian from Shawnee on November 30, 2007

: : Hello, could someone explain the meaning of "just mere two fish tell the whole story"?

: Sounds a little like a reference to the "Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes" from the New Testament. In that story, Jesus feeds a crowd of about 4,000 using only 5 loaves of bread and two fishes. But the two fish don't really tell the whole story.

"Just mere two fish" isn't regular English. We don't use "mere" that way. This must be an idiosyncratic one-time use. ~rb