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Outfit 7.9.10: blue and purple

7.9.10: blue and purple

necklace

skirt fabric

You may remember when I wore that skirt before I mentioned I wasn’t sure what to do with it. I then decided to shorten it but now I’ve changed my mind and am glad I never got round to it! I’m now loving the unusual length. Because it’s a challenege for me. And challenges are good! Plus, it shows off the shoes!

A complete non sequitur: I discovered recently that in the US, quite means ‘very’, so ‘quite good’ is better than ‘good’ and ‘quite a few’ means ‘many’! This has transatlantic misunderstanding written all over it. Because in the UK quite means ‘relatively’ or ‘somewhat’. So just to clarify when I say something is quite good, I mean better than alright, but not as good as ‘good’. And when I say I’ve been thinking about something quite a lot, that doesn’t mean it has occupied my every waking hour.

There are some senses in which quite means very in UK English too, but both are pretty outdated. One is ‘Are you quite sure?’ where it means ‘absolutely’ and the other is in a sense only used by super poshos or old ladies: ‘it was quite ghastly’ or ‘his performance was quite extraordinary’.

top – mango
top under – uniqlo
skirt – charity shop
shoes – clarks
necklace – gift

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  • Meg 21 September 2010, 5:10 pm

    I often respond to a statement, from someone else, with the word 'Quite', meaning 'abosolutely' or 'I agree' with a hint of astonishment, but also the implication of prior knowledge of the fact.

    For example:
    'I can't believe he [insert here]!'
    'Quite!'

    I don't know why I do and now that I'm thinking about it it's a rather odd use of the word (it's sounding weird in my head rather like if you say the word 'Onion' over and over again, try it!). I think it's proably a posh thing, although I'm far from posh; must have picked it up from some literature or other.

  • Franca 21 September 2010, 5:17 pm

    I use it in that way too! Also 'indeed' which does the same job. I used to do them all the time when I used to work with people that did, I'm parrotty like that!

  • Cosmic 21 September 2010, 8:31 pm

    oooooo lovely color combo, I do love that awesome pairing!

    You look lovely!

    xoxo

  • Sidewalk Chalk 21 September 2010, 8:41 pm

    I love the unusual length on this skirt. It really does have a lovely pattern.

    I did not know 'quite' meant anything other than 'very' — how silly of me to assume. Thanks for transatlantic lesson 🙂

  • Pull Your Socks Up! 22 September 2010, 3:28 am

    What an interesting observation on the word "quite" – it results in total confusion for people on both sides of the Atlantic doesn't it? Here in Oz it carries the same meaning as the UK. eg. "This is quite a good post" means "this post has some interesting thoughts". Why have I never worn those two colours together? I NEED to immediately!! xo

  • mispapelicos 22 September 2010, 2:39 pm

    Love the outfit and the English lesson.I quite enjoy it!!he, he
    It is great of you.
    Abrazos from Spain.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  • sacramento 22 September 2010, 2:40 pm

    I quite enjoyed it, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh