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    Default Boon or otherwise

    Hi, it's me again :)!

    What does it mean 'a boon or otherwise'. I know what 'boon' and 'or otherwise' means but not sure if added up it also doesn't change its meaning. I've searched the Net and known dictionaries (the paper one in my house, and the online ones, too) but couldn't find any definitions but Google told me that it's used (not sure if it's common though, I think not).

    The context is... well, I'm not actually sure when I heard the phrase but I think it was something like 'he's no longer my friend, boon or otherwise'. It wasn't a sentence used by a dumped girl, rather by a friend who was disappointed with the other friend's behaviour... I could be wrong but I think that the sentence was pretty much similiar :)

    Thanks guys in advance because I'm sure that you'll help me out :)

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    Default Re: Boon or otherwise

    Quote Originally Posted by bud-bar View Post
    Hi, it's me again :)!

    What does it mean 'a boon or otherwise'. I know what 'boon' and 'or otherwise' means but not sure if added up it also doesn't change its meaning. I've searched the Net and known dictionaries (the paper one in my house, and the online ones, too) but couldn't find any definitions but Google told me that it's used (not sure if it's common though, I think not).

    The context is... well, I'm not actually sure when I heard the phrase but I think it was something like 'he's no longer my friend, boon or otherwise'. It wasn't a sentence used by a dumped girl, rather by a friend who was disappointed with the other friend's behaviour... I could be wrong but I think that the sentence was pretty much similiar :)

    Thanks guys in advance because I'm sure that you'll help me out :)
    "He's no longer my friend, boon or otherwise" means nothing to me.

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    Default Re: Boon or otherwise

    Quote Originally Posted by bud-bar View Post
    I know what 'boon' and 'or otherwise' means* but not sure if added up it also doesn't change its meaning.
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    * Are you sure?
    or otherwise
    pron
    something different in outcome - success or otherwise - source
    Reading literally, it means "He's no longer my friend, benefit or no benefit."

    "or otherwise" is common, as in this example. "boon or otherwise" is not a phrase I've heard before.

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    Default Re: Boon or otherwise

    I'm pretty sure it was something like that, really. I've looked it up and here are some examples from the Net:

    "Technology can be a boon or otherwise depending upon how and when it serves us."
    " This leaves not just the man but the viewer too wondering whether putting on a deodorant is a boon or otherwise."


    But these meanings are pretty much "simply" to understand, unlike the one I posted earlier (it looks like it's not any kind of a 'phrasal verb' or an idiom at all).

    Well, guys, don't bother because I'm not even sure if I wrote the sentence right (but if it means nothing to you, it's highly possible I did not). If I find or remember it, I'll write again, is that okay? So if it's possible, please don't lock the topic yet. I'd be grateful.

    Cheers :)!

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    Default Re: Boon or otherwise

    I have a remote feeling that there may once have been a (now archaic) expression 'boon friend', meaning 'best friend. If so, the sentence 'he's no longer my friend, boon or otherwise'. would mean 'This person, once my best friend, is no longer a friend of any kind'.

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    Default Re: Boon or otherwise

    By now you must know that Sheldon uses unusual phrasing, so referring to "boon companions" is not surprising. When Leonard terminated the agreement, they were no longer friends of any sort. Not good friends, not casual friends, not boon friends, etc.

    From www.m-w.com

    2boon


    1 archaic: favorable

    2: convivial <a boon companion>


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    1. <I and my boon companions celebrated that afternoon's victory on the gridiron with a night at a local dance club.>


    Origin of BOON

    Middle English bon, from Anglo-French, good more at bounty First Known Use: 14th century


    Related to BOON

    Synonyms: convivial, clubbable (also clubable), clubby, companionable, extroverted (also extraverted), gregarious, outgoing, sociable, social
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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