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What does this sentence mean?
The playground was a mere sop.
Thanks a lot.
After the rain the playground is a mere sop.
You could say "After the rain the playground is sopping wet".
... 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.)
PS Bad choice of words - see later post.
Last edited by BobK; 05-Jul-2011 at 16:36. Reason: Added PS
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. )