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    out of this world

    Hi there.

    Can anyone explain why 'out of this world' means excellent?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: out of this world

    Whyever not . What is of this world is mundane. What is not mundane is out of this world.



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    Re: out of this world

    Hi, Bobk.

    Is it Okay to say,
    "he felt his job was of this world"? (not interesting)

    Thanks for your replies. they help a lot.


    mundane
    adjective
    very ordinary and therefore not interesting:
    Mundane matters such as paying bills and shopping for food do not interest her. (Source: Cambridge)

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    Re: out of this world

    Quote Originally Posted by Nefertiti View Post
    Hi, Bobk.

    Is it Okay to say,
    "he felt his job was of this world"? (not interesting)

    Thanks for your replies. they help a lot.


    mundane
    adjective
    very ordinary and therefore not interesting:
    Mundane matters such as paying bills and shopping for food do not interest her. (Source: Cambridge)
    I don't know what point BobK was trying to make...but "out of this world" does not mean mundane. Perhaps he was refering to its usage as being mundane.

    "out of this world" means fantastic

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    Cool Re: out of this world

    Quote Originally Posted by Naamplao View Post
    I don't know what point BobK was trying to make...but "out of this world" does not mean [I]mundane.
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    That's exactly what BobK was trying to explain.

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Whyever not . What is of this world is mundane. What is not mundane is out of this world.



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    Re: out of this world

    Hi, Naamplao.

    You wrote:
    I don't know what point BobK was trying to make...but "out of this world" does not mean mundane. Perhaps he was referring to its usage as being mundane.

    "out of this world" means fantastic.
    ___________

    I think BobK was trying to say 'of this world' means mundane. Therefore; 'out of this world' means something positive such as excellent, fantastic. This is more like doing math. Two negatives make a positive. -(-3) = +3.

    I'd like to know if the following usage is proper?
    Is it Okay to say,
    "he felt his job was of this world"? (which means his job was not interesting)

    Thanks for your reply.

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    Re: out of this world

    Quote Originally Posted by Nefertiti View Post
    Hi, Naamplao.

    You wrote:
    I don't know what point BobK was trying to make...but "out of this world" does not mean mundane. Perhaps he was referring to its usage as being mundane.

    "out of this world" means fantastic.
    ___________

    I think BobK was trying to say 'of this world' means mundane. Therefore; 'out of this world' means something positive such as excellent, fantastic. This is more like doing math. Two negatives make a positive. -(-3) = +3.

    I'd like to know if the following usage is proper?
    Is it Okay to say,
    "he felt his job was of this world"? (which means his job was not interesting)

    Thanks for your reply.
    Somewhere I got the idea that you had a Spanish or Italian background, and would recognize the connection between "of this world", del mundo, and "mundane".

    "of this world" is not a common expression, and you wouldn't use it of a job. The phrase is more often applied to a system of thought. For example:
    'The way he thinks is not of this world.'

    You might well say a job was 'mundane' though.

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    Re: out of this world

    Hi,BobK.

    One more question.

    Do 'the way he thinks is not of this world', 'the way he thinks is out of this world' and 'the way he thinks is fantastic/excellent' mean the same?

    Thanks, Bravo

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    Re: out of this world

    Quote Originally Posted by Nefertiti View Post
    Hi,BobK.

    One more question.

    Do 'the way he thinks is not of this world', 'the way he thinks is out of this world' and 'the way he thinks is fantastic/excellent' mean the same?

    Thanks, Bravo
    You are being confused by all this.

    When you describe something as "out of this world" it is an idiom meaning fantastic or great....you feel it is something that you cannot find it on Earth.

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    Wink Re: out of this world

    Quote Originally Posted by Naamplao View Post
    ....you feel it is something that you cannot find {it} on Earth.
    You don't need that pronoun there, Naamplao.

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