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    hardly unexpected

    Dear teacher,

    I just want to confirm that when somebody says " it is hardly unexpected" does he actually mean that "it is expected"?

    Thank you

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    Re: hardly unexpected

    Quote Originally Posted by idiotmike View Post
    Dear teacher,

    I just want to confirm that when somebody says " it is hardly unexpected" does he actually mean that "it is expected"?

    Thank you
    Yes, more or less..

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    Re: hardly unexpected

    What a useful expression 'more or less' is. It's the perfect answer for some of the questions we receive.

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    Re: hardly unexpected

    I decided against replying to this question because I didn't know how not to use this expression.

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    Re: hardly unexpected

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    I decided against replying to this question because I didn't know how not to use this expression.
    We Brits are not unknown for our not infrequent reluctance to avoid the opportunity of using litotes when the chips are not exactly up.

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    Re: hardly unexpected

    Litotes? What a fabulous word.

    George Carlin once quipped that answering "How are you?" with "I'm not unwell, thank you" really ticks people off cause you force them to have to figure it out for themselves.

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    Re: hardly unexpected

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Litotes? What a fabulous word.
    I am disinclined to disagree with you.

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