Student or Learner
hello. I have a question
I watched a drama 'how i met your mother'
situation is christmas and they are seems happy
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..
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'.
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.
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.
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.)
Just for the record, "How I Met Your Mother" is in no way a drama. It's a sitcom.
Please note that I'm not a teacher.