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The meaning of "Pretty good"
I never really thought of this before, and have used this phrase often, but what does the phrase "pretty good" really mean?
My husband came home from a job kind of upset. Our neighbors hired him to tile a sinkroom, about 4' x 6'. Here in my area, most bedrooms have sink rooms, it is a little area with sink and cabinets off the bedroom and then attached to the bathroom. He is a perfectionist at what he does. He had to match the tiling that was done incorrect by somebody else years ago in the bathroom, so it took a lot of patience. The husband comes home first, looks at the job and tells my husband it is "Pretty Good." Shortly after his wife comes home and says the same thing.
My husband is kind of upset, he is taking it as an insult. I personally use that phrase quite often as a compliment, maybe it is all in the tone, but I have no idea what tone was used. They are very polite, people. They are also the type that always are having renovations to their house, their house is four times the size of what they originally built, and they just put tens of thousands into the backyard and it now looks like a hotel resort waterfalls and outdoor kitchen. Maybe a little piece of tiled floor in the daughter's bathroom is just not as exciting. I tried to tell him he is being oversensitive. We are also in the Midwest now, coming from the Boston area, maybe in Boston it has more of a negative meaning.
I'd like to know everybody else's thoughts on the phrase.
Marie, Brady, MacKenzie and Sailor