Friday, December 12, 2008
How can we resurrect the word 'fine'? I just received an email from a PR saying 'Okay, fine' and I immediately assumed I had offended her, though I cannot imagine how. 'Fine' has come to suggest either a flounce or something not quite good enough - 'Yes, it's fine' means 'it barely passes muster' or 'I lack the energy to put this horseshit right'. But this, surely, is not what 'fine' is for; surely is should stand for something wonderful, elegant, superior. You don't agree? Fine.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 3:06 pm