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Not half bad

Posted by Victoria S Dennis on May 09, 2011 at 22:11

In Reply to: Not half bad posted by Robert on May 09, 2011 at 09:31:

: I'm not sure if its just my family, or where I grew up, but we use a phrase such as. "It wasnt half good" "it isnt half bad" "we didnt half have a good time" "my feet arn't half aching". I just wondered if its a local dialect thing or where it came from. I am originally from Derbyshire. I now live in Lincolnshire. Any help would be great. Thanks.

It's not local at all: any Londoner knows what it means when someone says "Did we have a good time? Not 'arf!" (VSD)