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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I guess it's less absolute than it seemed at first.

    [Matt. 5:37]

    How about this word in Australian English?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I guess it's less absolute than it seemed at first.

    [Matt. 5:37]
    Well, it still absolutely means that in BrE!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jiamajia View Post
    How about this word in Australian English?
    Do you mean 'mean' or 'stingy' or 'absolutely'?
    Absolutely | Define Absolutely at Dictionary.com
    Stingy | Define Stingy at Dictionary.com
    Mean can mean stingy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Well, it still absolutely means that in BrE!
    I'd dispute whether 'absolutely' absolutely means 'yes' anywhere. I still think this colloquialism is from the Evil One.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    jiamajia/and anyone else who might not know:

    Note that 'stingy' has a /ʤ/ sound, unlike a few other words with the '-ingy' spelling.

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    I heard Rush Limbaugh call Harry Reid dingy Harry. It's a letter G sound, same as in stingy. Am I right?

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    Yes. Same sound.

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    What do Americans say when they want to say that someone doesn't want to give money to others? Except for "stingy".

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    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    What do Americans say when they want to say that someone doesn't want to give money to others? Except for "stingy".
    tight, cheap ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    What do Americans say when they want to say that someone doesn't want to give money to others? Except for "stingy".
    Such a person is a cheapskate, a penny-pincher, a skinflint, a tightwad. He'll squeeze a nickel until the buffalo chokes, he's tighter than bark on a tree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    Such a person is a cheapskate, a penny-pincher, a skinflint, a tightwad. He'll squeeze a nickel until the buffalo chokes, he's tighter than bark on a tree.
    The buffalo one is funny! And I've just learned that it isn't spelled with double "l"!

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