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    Nothing to write home about

    Hello,

    Can anybody recommend me an analogy to the set phrases it is nothing to write home about/it is not up to much?

    Thanks a lot
    Last edited by Johnyxxx; 16-Oct-2015 at 15:24.
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    #2

    Re: Nothing to write home about

    It is not important.
    It is no big deal.
    It is nothing to be excited about.

    I don't recognize "it is not up to much. Is that British?

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    #3

    Re: Nothing to write home about

    Yes.

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    #4

    Re: Nothing to write home about

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    Nothing special
    Nothing to get worked up about
    Nothing to lose sleep over

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    #5

    Re: Nothing to write home about

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Mona: Excuse me, but aren't you Officer Smith?
    Officer Smith: Yes, ma'am, I am.
    Mona: My whole family thinks that you're a great hero for capturing those two bad guys last week!
    Officer: Just in a day's work, ma'am. [UPDATE: See posts #7 and #8.]


    Mona: OMG! You're Betty, the woman who saved the child who had fallen into the lake, aren't you?
    Betty: Yes, I am.
    Mona: Everyone really envies your bravery.
    Betty: The lake was small and the water was warm. Anybody would have done the same.
    Last edited by TheParser; 18-Oct-2015 at 13:54.

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    Re: Nothing to write home about

    I am not a teacher.

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    #7

    Re: Nothing to write home about

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    Officer: Just in a day's work, ma'am.
    I'd use All in a day's work in BrE.

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    #8

    Re: Nothing to write home about

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    I have just done some googling: apparently it's usually "All in a day's work" in American English, too.

    According to Google results, I am one of the (very) few who would say "Just in a day's work" or "Just a day's work."

    Learners should, indeed, use "All in a day's work."

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    #9

    Re: Nothing to write home about

    nothing to write home about
    not up too much
    nothing special
    nothing to get worked up about
    nothing to lose sleep over
    no big deal.
    nothing to be excited about.

    These all suggest to me a rather negative view of whatever is being referred to. The ones below are a polite, self-effacing response to a compliment.

    all in a day's work
    Anybody would have done the same


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