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    I'm all right Jack

    'I'm all right Jack'
    1. Is this BrE?
    2. Is it nearly the same as 'happy-go-lucky Jack'?
    3. Could this 'Jack' be any other name like 'I'm all right
    Itasan'?
    4. What is the American equivalent?
    Thank you.

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    Re: I'm all right Jack

    It's BrE. It means that I'm alright, so I couldn't care less about other people. No, you can't change the name. I'm not sure of the origin, but there was a Peter Sellers film with this as the title.


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    Re: I'm all right Jack

    Thank you very much, tdol.
    >>I couldn't care less about other people.<<
    This kind of negative sentence is very difficult for
    a NNES, at least for me. Does it mean?
    1. I care about other people as well.
    2. I don't care about other people very much.
    3. I'm happy, so I don't understand the feelings
    of those who are unhappy.

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    Re: I'm all right Jack

    It's selfish. I get a pay rise- other people don't. I'm alright, Jack.

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