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    A mere sop

    Hi,

    What does this sentence mean?

    The playground was a mere sop.


    Thanks a lot.

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    Re: A mere sop

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    Hi,

    What does this sentence mean?

    The playground was a mere sop.


    Thanks a lot.
    Context is all important.

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    Re: A mere sop

    After the rain the playground is a mere sop.

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    Re: A mere sop

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    After the rain the playground is a mere sop.
    Sorry, it still doesn't make sense.

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    #5

    Re: A mere sop

    You could say "After the rain the playground is sopping wet".

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    Re: A mere sop

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    You could say "After the rain the playground is sopping wet".
    I couldn't. 'Sopping wet' has, for me, the idea of being wet through. Something hard like a playground can be flooded, but not sopping wet. This may be a personal thing.

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    #7

    Re: A mere sop

    ... A revised plan might contain something of which it could be said 'The playground is a mere sop' - in the sense of 'a [low-value] thing given away to ward off* a hostile reception'. But as we keep saying, context is essential.

    (I've never heard the noun 'sop' in a sense that bears any relation to 'sopping'; the verb 'sop' is a different matter.)

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    PS Bad choice of words - see later post.
    Last edited by BobK; 05-Jul-2011 at 16:36. Reason: Added PS

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    Re: A mere sop

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    'a [low-value] thing given away to distract a hostile reception'.

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    May I ask my small question here?

    Are you using the verb "to distract" in the meaning "to avert; to prevent; to ward off"?
    If this is so is it OK to use it instead of "avert" in such kind of sentences: "talks failed to distract a rail strike"?

    Thanks.

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    Re: A mere sop

    No. Bad word choice. What I had in mind was the distraction of the attention of the protesters, but I'll fix it. (I don't think I'm alone in making this mistake, but it's sloppy. )

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