[Vocabulary] job and a half

Status
Not open for further replies.

maiabulela

Senior Member
Joined
Dec 17, 2009
Member Type
Other
Native Language
Arabic
Home Country
Egypt
Current Location
Egypt
A girl is bikini-waxing her sister and then says while she is laughing :
"This is a job and a half"

What is the meaning of this expression?

Thanks,
 

Rover_KE

Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Jun 20, 2010
Member Type
Retired English Teacher
Native Language
English
Home Country
England
Current Location
England
It's a bigger or more difficult job than she thought it was going to be when she started.

Rover
 

maiabulela

Senior Member
Joined
Dec 17, 2009
Member Type
Other
Native Language
Arabic
Home Country
Egypt
Current Location
Egypt
Yes!! That really makes sense. Can\t thanksyou enough:oops:
:up::up:
 

BobK

Harmless drudge
Staff member
Joined
Jul 29, 2006
Member Type
English Teacher
Native Language
English
Home Country
UK
Current Location
UK
The idea of calling a big thing 'a thing and a half' isn't specific to English. In Latin poetry - which is divided into stress patterns called 'feet' - there was a kind of foot called a sesquipes which was defined as 'a foot that was as long as a foot and a half' (which it was).

From this English gets the word 'sesquipedalian', used to describe very long words. (It's not common, and is often used in a context that mixes the jocular with the academic.)

b
 
Status
Not open for further replies.
Top