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    little off topic

    Dear Friends,

    In a thread I have read:

    "Sorry if this is a little off topic ... "

    What is "little off" here? The dictionaries seem not to be too informative about this expression.

    Thank you.

    Palinkasocsi

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    Re: little off topic

    Quote Originally Posted by palinkasocsi View Post
    Dear Friends,

    In a thread I have read:

    "Sorry if this is a little off topic ... "

    What is "little off" here? The dictionaries seem not to be too informative about this expression.

    Thank you.

    Palinkasocsi
    a little => just a bit, slightly
    off-topic => not following the main topic addressed by the thread

    The 'off' doesn't belong with the 'little' - hence your confusion. Some users are less careful than others about their deployment of hyphens.

    b

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