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    jolly good

    How do you use jolly good?


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    Re: jolly good

    Informal speech. It's also now a bit old fashioned.

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    Re: jolly good

    Do you have a modern version of it?

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    Re: jolly good

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    Do you have a modern version of it?
    Cool? Brill[iant]?

    There's a collocation (very dated) that uses 'jolly good' (itself a collocation): 'jolly good show' - in which show means something like effort.

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    Re: jolly good

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    Cool? Brill[iant]?

    There's a collocation (very dated) that uses 'jolly good' (itself a collocation): 'jolly good show' - in which show means something like effort.

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    What do you mean by Brill[iant]? Do you say Brill only and at times Brilliant?

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    Re: jolly good

    Quote Originally Posted by blouen View Post
    What do you mean by Brill[iant]? Do you say Brill only and at times Brilliant?
    Almost - but I'd say the weighting was the other way round: mostly "brilliant" and sometimes "brill".

    Incidentally, the antonym of 'jolly good show' (in the same rather dated register) is 'jolly bad show', as you might expect. Something that's not really good enough though is a 'pretty poor show'.

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