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    Question Silly of me

    A Briton was asking a question everyone knew. Then he said, "Silly of me".

    My question is whether I can say, "I am silly" or not. Silly of me sounds grammatically wrong to me, but he is a british, so he must be right.

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    Re: Silly of me

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    A Briton was asking a question everyone knew. Then he said, "Silly of me".

    My question is whether I can say, "I am silly" or not. Silly of me sounds grammatically wrong to me, but he is British, so he must be right.
    I don't know how common "Silly of me" is, but it seems to be short for 'How silly of me!' or 'That was silly of me.'

    I don't think (many) native speakers would say "I am silly" in that context.

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    Re: Silly of me

    You can say "I am silly," but it would usually be the next day, as a prelude to your funny story.

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    Re: Silly of me

    Also, "Silly me! Guess what I did."

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    Re: Silly of me

    Note that the original meaning was "innocent," a French word which took over. As is so often the case. How can you even be good at English without knowing French? :)

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    Re: Silly of me

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    Note that the original meaning was "innocent," a French word which took over. "which took over"?? As is so often the case. How can you even be good at English without knowing French? :) What a silly thing to say! I doubt that one needs to know French, but one should know that "As is so often the case." is not a complete sentence

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    Re: Silly of me

    Yes, I do know that. Poetic license. Are we picking at each other on a personal note here? Take a look at the original Beowulf. That's English before it aborbed half its vocabulary, and much of its grammatical logic, from Norman French. It's a fact.

    The word "innocent" took over the meaning of harmlessly benign from the word "silly," which then came to mean dumb. Ish.

    I won't correct your English above, don't worry. I know you don't need it, and I understand it would just be argumentative and child-like. It's beneath us, isn't it?

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    Re: Silly of me

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    Yes, I do know that. Poetic license. Are we picking at each other on a personal note here? I wouldn't say that. It's not personal; it's a matter of different opinions. If we are helping people learn English, unacknowleged poetic licence might not be appropriate.

    Take a look at the original Beowulf. That's English before it aborbed half its vocabulary, and much of its grammatical logic, from Norman French. It's a fact. Assuming what you said is true, it doesn't much matter what languages English has been influenced by; it's now English.

    The word "innocent" took over the meaning of harmlessly benign from the word "silly," which then came to mean dumb. Ish.

    I won't correct your English above, don't worry. You are welcome to correct my English whenever you feel it necessary; it's not flawless. I know you don't need it, and I understand it would just be argumentative and child-like. It's beneath us, isn't it? There is nothing wrong with different viewpoints/disagreements.
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    Re: Silly of me

    Everyone, thank you for your help.

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