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    light/slight headache

    What is the difference between light and slight headache?
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    Re: light/slight headache

    No difference in meaning. I think "slight" would be more common.

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    Re: light/slight headache

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    No difference in meaning. I think "slight" would be more common.
    For me slight sounds more natural, and it would seem that overall, the internet would agree with us.

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    Re: light/slight headache

    [AmE - not a teacher]

    IMO, they are nearly identical, but perhaps light is slightly more intense than slight.

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    Re: light/slight headache

    Quote Originally Posted by Tullia View Post
    For me slight sounds more natural, and it would seem that overall, the internet would agree with us.
    Huh?

    light headache
    5570000 results

    slight headache
    372000 results

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    Re: light/slight headache

    Quote Originally Posted by BobSmith View Post
    Huh?

    light headache
    5570000 results

    slight headache
    372000 results
    But the bar graph for "slight" is bigger. Something's not right.

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    Re: light/slight headache

    The site is buggy - the bar graph does not always reflect the results.

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    Re: light/slight headache

    Quote Originally Posted by BobSmith View Post
    The site is buggy - the bar graph does not always reflect the results.
    Yes, when I ran it the bar for slight was bigger. It must be buggy, I apologise for posting it - in my defence I've never had an issue with it before but will be more careful in future.

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    #9

    Re: light/slight headache

    Well, it's 4 - 0 to slight on the BNC and 7 - 0 on COCA.

    PS. "I have a light headache" sounds to me like something a victorian lady might say to escape the company of a boring gentleman.
    Last edited by bhaisahab; 07-Mar-2012 at 19:28. Reason: Add PS.

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