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    #1

    Meaning of "the best around"

    Hello,

    Does it make sense to say, "Thank you, you're the best around!" when somebody helps me and I'm really glad about that?
    It's like there are plenty of people around me (who I don't know), and I say,
    "Of all of them you're the best to me."
    (Not meant to be offended against the other people.)

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: Meaning of "the best around"

    Thank you, you're the best! sounds more natural to me.

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    #3

    Re: Meaning of "the best around"

    Quote Originally Posted by YouWishYouKnew View Post
    Hello,

    Does it make sense to say, "Thank you, you're the best around!"
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    I agree with the Editor: it is not necessary to add "around."


    You're

    the best!
    the greatest!
    amazing!
    special!

    (The last two I credit to a contributor on the Web)

    If this were the 1920's (No, I was not alive then!) you could say:

    You're the cat's meow!

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    #4

    Re: Meaning of "the best around"

    Gratia!
    (This is Latin and means thanks. I thought since it was my native language I might share my knowledge with you guys.)

    Anyway, I was thinking about the movie "Karate Kid" where they sing:
    "you're the best around
    nothing's gonna ever keep you down!"
    I agree that "Thank you, you're the best!" sounds more natural, though.
    Probably I'll just drop the around, even though I kind of like it..

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    Re: Meaning of "the best around"

    Quote Originally Posted by YouWishYouKnew View Post
    Gratia!
    (This is Latin and means thanks. I thought since it was my native language
    "you're the best around"
    I kind of like it..

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    (1) If you like it, then you should use it. You have the right to say what you want so

    long as it is not "crazy" English. In fact, I remember hearing "You're the greatest/ best

    there is!" So why not use "around," if you wish to?

    (2) I have never heard anyone say that Latin was his/her native language. I had always

    understood that Latin is a dead language, except for Roman Catholic priests who

    speak it in churches. Could you explain? Thank you. (I am guessing that other

    members have also been puzzled by your listing Latin as your native language.)

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    #6

    Re: Meaning of "the best around"

    Thank you again, TheParser!

    I wish I could send you a private message regarding your second question, but I can't send such messages (yet).
    (I guess I have not made enough posts, no idea.)
    As soon as I can I will answer your question.

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    Re: Meaning of "the best around"

    Quote Originally Posted by YouWishYouKnew View Post
    Thank you again, TheParser!

    I wish I could send you a private message regarding your second question, but I can't send such messages (yet).
    (I guess I have not made enough posts, no idea.)
    As soon as I can I will answer your question.
    Click on Quick Links > Edit Options > Private Messaging > Check Enable Private Messaging.

    Don't keep it private - we'd all like to know.

    Rover

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    #8

    Re: Meaning of "the best around"

    I'm afraid there is no such option.
    The only option (regarding messages) is "Enable Visitor Messaging".

    Well, I have a lot of foes on the Internet (not on UsingEnglish but on other forums), and they could stalk me to find out any information about me.
    I'm not paranoid, just careful...

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