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    odd words

    A: Do you speak Italian?
    B: No. I know only a few odd words.

    What does "odd words" mean in this context?
    Thank you.

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    Re: odd words

    What about, random?

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    Re: odd words

    I suggest that 'odd' means 'a few assorted words'.

    For example,'He had the odd coin in his pocket', would mean that he had some coins, but not many.


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    Re: odd words

    Casiopea, Jenny7, thank you.

    >I suggest that 'odd' means 'a few assorted words'.

    I agree with you, as the person who used the expression does not know much
    about Italian. Probably she have only basic words for ordering at restaurants or buying tickets etc. BTW, she is from London, so maybe it is a British English idiom.

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    Re: odd words

    In this instance 'odd' definately carries the meaning 'few/random' instead of 'strange/wierd'.

    eg. "He knows the odd odd word in Gaelic"

    "He knows a few strange words in Gaelic"

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    Re: odd words

    "a few assorted", not a few strange, as in "odd", I agree. Thank you all.

    What a nice forum we have here.


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    Re: odd words

    Thank you, everyone!
    She often corrects my English, saying "odd".
    In this case, she means "it's strange".
    Definately she distinguishes the two meanings.

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