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    I have my moments.

    Hi,

    When you say "I have my moments."
    Dose it mean 'good moments' or 'bad moments'?

    Hope someone can help with this.


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    Re: I have my moments.

    When a person says this about themselves, it is a light-hearted expression of being pleased with themselves for.say, having risen to some challenge and really succeeded; or having handled/dealt with some situation and really come out on top. It could be that they are generally regarded as a reserved person; and then with a couple of drinks in him, he does a karaoke number at a party which everyone loves and thinks is tremendous. Someone tells him he was great, they never knew he was such a good singer, to which, rather than puffing himself up and bragging in some way, as if lightly dismisses the praise with a smile and says, "Oh, I have my moments." I guess you could say, it's moments/flashes of a kind of 'brilliance" or "greatness" (but on a small scale).

    However, when said about, say, a film, it is not so wonderful. A film may have been generally hum-drum or boring, and the best you can say that there were a few comic moments, or a few interesting ideas in the film - 'It had it's moments." We have another expression: damned my faint praise. So - if you asked someone what they thought about a movie, and they said, it has its moments, you gather that the movie is pretty poor and he is not recommending it.

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    Re: I have my moments.

    Quote Originally Posted by bouji View Post
    Hi,

    When you say "I have my moments."
    Dose it mean 'good moments' or 'bad moments'?

    Hope someone can help with this.

    Could be either....

    1) I'm usually such a laid-back and easy-going person who just takes things in his stride, but I do have my moments...
    (...when I lose my temper/get stressed etc.)


    2) Mark really isn't the romantic-type but he does have his moments.
    (...when he is romantic/makes (an unexpected) romatic gesture etc)

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    Re: I have my moments.

    I've never known it to be negative. Example:
    Bob: You sure did a good job on that project.
    Ron: I have my moments.
    It's a modest acknowledgement of a compliment. (Ron could have said: "I sure did!")


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