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    Lightbulb sinfully!

    hello. I have a question
    I watched a drama 'how i met your mother'
    situation is christmas and they are seems happy
    anyway,
    cast said : "baby, do i smell your sinfully cinnamon cookies?" "yes"
    I don't know 'sinfully' meaning
    dictionary says guilty,creppy .. etc
    I'm so confusing I think he means positive.
    anyway thanks for reading I can't speak english very well..

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    Re: sinfully!

    Quote Originally Posted by jang gang View Post
    h Hello. I have a question.
    I watched a drama 'h How i I met your mother'.
    The situation is c Christmas and they are seems happy.
    anyway,
    cast said : "baby, do i smell your sinfully cinnamon cookies?" "yes"
    I don't know 'sinfully' meaning
    dictionary says guilty,creppy .. etc
    I'm so confusing I think he means positive.
    anyway thanks for reading I can't speak english very well..
    I'll correct the rest of your post when I have time. In the meantime, could you let us know which dictionary defines 'sinfully' as 'guilty, creepy'? It's not one that I know.

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    Re: sinfully!

    You're right - it's positive, but the dictionary's right too. They are cinnamon cookies, and they're delicious - hard to resist. This use of 'sinfully' isn't an idiom. It's chosen - probably by the person who named the cookie recipe - because of the alliterative jingle with 'cinnamon'.

    b

    PS after seeing 5jj's post - it's fairly approximate, but the use of 'guilty' to mean 'sinful' would work in a collocation like 'guilty secret' (which, as you know, is a secret of guilt, and not a secret that itself is guilty of something!) I assume jang gang knocked the '-ly' off before going to the dictionary and looking up 'sinful'.
    Last edited by BobK; 18-May-2012 at 21:37.

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    Re: sinfully!

    Gluttony is a sin. These cookies are so delicious that they lure you to the sin of gluttony.

    But really, more broadly, there is sometimes a feeling that anything that feels truly wonderful must somehow be sinful. Eating a really rich, dark, chocolate cake can be so good you think eating it must be a sin. Such a cake (like Lily's cookies) is sinfully delicious.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: sinfully!

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    PS after seeing 5jj's post - it's fairly approximate, but the use of 'guilty' to mean 'sinful' would work in a collocation like 'guilty secret' (which, as you know, is a secret of guilt, and not a secret that itself is guilty of something!) I assume jang gang knocked the '-ly' off before going to the dictionary and looking up 'sinful'.
    And 'creepy'?

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    Re: sinfully!

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    And 'creepy'?
    You've got me there. Perhaps the lexicographer is a high moralist and thinks that sinful people are creeps... ;-?

    b
    PS Students: this is a lame attempt at a joke. 'Creepy' doesn't mean 'like a creep'. That sort of 'creep' is an informal way of saying that someone 'makes your flesh crawl' [=makes you feel uneasy], or more generally is just an insult. 'Am I going out with him?? What, that creep!?' (I tried making the object 'her', to avoid implications of bisexuality, but it didn't sound right. It seems () that a 'creep' is necessarily male.)

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    Re: sinfully!

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    It seems () that a 'creep' is necessarily male.)
    That's an interesting point. I hadn't thoight of it before, but I think you are right. Both males and females can be 'creepy', but only a male can be 'a creep'. I think.

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    Re: sinfully!

    Just for the record, "How I Met Your Mother" is in no way a drama. It's a sitcom.
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