isn't half the fun

Status
Not open for further replies.
A

Anonymous

Guest
Garfield:

"Stealing his lunch isn't half the fun."

What does it mean? Thanks! :)
 

MikeNewYork

VIP Member
Joined
Nov 13, 2002
Member Type
Academic
Native Language
American English
Home Country
United States
Current Location
United States
Anonymous said:
Garfield:

"Stealing his lunch isn't half the fun."

What does it mean? Thanks! :)

That needs a bit of context. Normally, "half the fun" is used to compare something that is more fun.

Example: Competing is half the fun of winning.
 

Casiopea

VIP Member
Joined
Sep 21, 2003
Member Type
Other
Anonymous said:
Garfield:

"Stealing his lunch isn't half the fun."

What does it mean? Thanks! :)

Stealing his lunch is a quarter of the fun; seeing the look on his face when he realizes that his lunch is missing is three-quarters of the fun. In other words, stealing his lunch is a small part of the fun, whereas seeing his reaction is a bigger part of the fun.

:D
 

Tdol

Editor, UsingEnglish.com
Staff member
Joined
Nov 13, 2002
Member Type
English Teacher
Native Language
British English
Home Country
UK
Current Location
Japan
No pleasure in eating the lunch? ;-)
 
P

pamir

Guest
not half = certainly, absolutely

Thanks for your explanations about "isn't half the fun".

I also searched the dictionary, and found the definition of "not half" :
not half! Exclam. Certainly! absolutely! definitely!

So "Stealing his lunch is not half the fun!" could also mean "Stealing his
lunch is absolutely fun!" Am I right?

The sentence was taken from Garfield comic strips here:

http://www.ucomics.com/garfield/2004/03/17/

Await your replies, thanks!
 

RonBee

Moderator
Joined
Feb 9, 2003
Member Type
Other
Native Language
American English
Home Country
United States
Current Location
United States
What Garfield means in the comic strip is that stealing Jon's lunch isn't half the fun it used to be because it is too easy.

:)
 

MikeNewYork

VIP Member
Joined
Nov 13, 2002
Member Type
Academic
Native Language
American English
Home Country
United States
Current Location
United States
RonBee said:
What Garfield means in the comic strip is that stealing Jon's lunch isn't half the fun it used to be because it is too easy.

:)

That, or sticking the plunger on Dave's face was the best part of it. :wink:
 

RonBee

Moderator
Joined
Feb 9, 2003
Member Type
Other
Native Language
American English
Home Country
United States
Current Location
United States
MikeNewYork said:
RonBee said:
What Garfield means in the comic strip is that stealing Jon's lunch isn't half the fun it used to be because it is too easy.

:)

That, or sticking the plunger on Dave's face was the best part of it. :wink:

I don't think so, but that's an option, I suppose.

:wink:
 

MikeNewYork

VIP Member
Joined
Nov 13, 2002
Member Type
Academic
Native Language
American English
Home Country
United States
Current Location
United States
RonBee said:
MikeNewYork said:
RonBee said:
What Garfield means in the comic strip is that stealing Jon's lunch isn't half the fun it used to be because it is too easy.

:)

That, or sticking the plunger on Dave's face was the best part of it. :wink:

I don't think so, but that's an option, I suppose.

:wink:

:wink:
 
Status
Not open for further replies.
Top