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    so-and-so

    what is so-and-so mean?

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    Re: so-and-so

    "Thingummyjig" or "thingummybob" are nonsense words used to name objects (usually small gadgets) that you don't know or can't remember the name of.

    Similarly, "so-and-so" is a slang nonsense phrase commonly used in reference to a person (or a group of people) whose name you don't know or can't remember. It may also have a mild negative connotation.

    Example:

    Person1: How was your tour of France?
    Person2: It was great. We met that guy, you know, short guy, French president. You know, that so-and-so married to fashion model Carla Bruni.

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    Exclamation Re: so-and-so

    Quote Originally Posted by magimagicE View Post
    "Thingummyjig" or "thingummybob" are nonsense words used to name objects (usually small gadgets) that you don't know or can't remember the name of.

    Similarly, "so-and-so" is a slang nonsense phrase commonly used in reference to a person (or a group of people) whose name you don't know or can't remember. It may also have a mild negative connotation.

    Example:

    Person1: How was your tour of France?
    Person2: It was great. We met that guy, you know, short guy, French president. You know, that so-and-so married to fashion model Carla Bruni.
    I do not think so. ‘So so’ is commonly used as an adjective as well as an adverb in India and also in America as explained by Parser. You your-self have endorsed this in your post while answering this thread. I'm feeling/I feel so-so ?

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    Re: so-and-so

    Quote Originally Posted by sarat_106 View Post
    I do not think so. ‘So so’ is commonly used as an adjective as well as an adverb in India and also in America as explained by Parser. You your-self have endorsed this in your post while answering this thread. I'm feeling/I feel so-so ?

    "so-and-so" ≠ "so-so"


    I understand your confusion, but they are not the same.

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    Re: so-and-so

    Quote Originally Posted by sarat_106 View Post
    I do not think so. ‘So so’ is commonly used as an adjective as well as an adverb in India and also in America as explained by Parser. You your-self have endorsed this in your post while answering this thread. I'm feeling/I feel so-so ?
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    Good morning, sarat.

    (1) Actually, the poster is quite correct.

    (2) In the States, "so so" is quite different from a "so-and-so."

    (3) The poster has done an excellent job in explaining "so-and-so."

    (a) I shall only expand on one of his points:

    (i) Often when you are angry with someone, you might say something like:

    You so-and-so, get out of here!

    (a) A person uses "so-and-so" because he's afraid to use a stronger word said in anger.

    There are now so many Englishes in the world that students must get really confused by how each variety of English differs, especially when it comes to slang.

    Have a nice day!

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