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    Question officially

    What does "officially" meaning in the sentence of " I officially give up!"

    Does it mean "publicly and formally" or "to emphasize " ?

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    I read it on Jeff Kinney's book 《 Diary of a Wimpy Kid 5:The Ugly Truth 》

    page 131。


    I officially give up . Since we always clean the house before Isabella comes,

    I'm pretty sure the only "work " she does is writing these notes.
    Last edited by RodRoll; 26-Mar-2016 at 10:12. Reason: update source

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    Re: officially

    I would say that "officially" means formally. I have not heard about using it in order to emphasize. This is what I think.

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    Re: officially

    Say:

    What does "officially" mean in the sentence "I officially give up"?

    Did you actually see that used somewhere?

    In any case, I would say It's very informal usage.

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    Re: officially

    You could say:

    I give up.

    OR

    I quit.

    Or something more specific to the circumstances.

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    #5

    Re: officially

    I use it quite frequently.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: officially

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    Say:

    What does "officially" mean in the sentence "I officially give up"?

    Did you actually see that used somewhere?

    In any case, I would say It's very informal usage.
    I read it on Jeff Kinney's book 《 Diary of a Wimpy Kid 5:The Ugly Truth 》

    page 131。


    I officially give up . Since we always clean the house before Isabella comes,

    I'm pretty sure the only "work " she does is writing these notes.
    Last edited by RodRoll; 25-Mar-2016 at 21:25. Reason: spelling wrong

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    Re: officially

    Quote Originally Posted by RodRoll View Post
    I read it on Jeff Kinney's book 《 Diary of a Wimpy Kid 5:The Ugly Truth 》

    page 131。


    In future, RodRoll, please give the source and author in post #1 rather than #6.

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    Re: officially

    Quote Originally Posted by RodRoll View Post
    What does "officially" meaning in the sentence of " I officially give up!"
    It is probably used wrongly to mean "unofficially" in the same way as "literally" is often misused.
    In chess, for example, if a player deliberately knocks over his King, this is a formal surrender. Usually, however, there is no formal situation or rule that "official" applies to, which makes it wrong.
    There's a current pop song called "Officially missing you". This usage is for emphasis. I can't find a dictionary that makes this usage officially correct.

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    Re: officially

    It's informal usage. There isn't anything "official" going on at all. The person simply means that he gives up.

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    Re: officially

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    Hello, RodRoll:

    I have no comment regarding your sentence, but I do think that at least in informal writing, a few (some?) native writers do use "officially" to emphasize the verb. That is to say, it seems to mean something like "definitely."

    I googled "I have officially" and found a modest number of examples that were written by (presumably) ordinary people. Here are a few:

    1. "I think that I have officially found my favourite swimming pool."
    2. "I have officially lost control of my life."
    3. "I have officially lost all respect for Nintendo."
    4. "I have officially lost faith in humanity."
    5. "I have officially given up on following our Aussie tennis players."
    6. "I have officially given up hope and will never talk about girls again."

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