English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I mean in this sentence

Glad you could enjoy that. Really makes the pain worth it.

What does it mean?

share|improve this question

closed as unclear what you're asking by terdon, Kristina Lopez, TrevorD, MετάEd, Bradd Szonye Sep 12 '13 at 5:37

Please clarify your specific problem or add additional details to highlight exactly what you need. As it's currently written, it’s hard to tell exactly what you're asking. See the How to Ask page for help clarifying this question.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

I'm thinking this would have probably been better suited for English Language Learners; perhaps you might want to ask your next question there. You might consider adding a little more context next time, too, like where you saw or heard the quote. Some expressions can mean something entirely different depending on the setting and context. "Flying low" might mean one thing to an aviator, but it can be used metaphorically, and has a slang meaning as well. It's hard to say what something means when you present it all by itself. – J.R. Sep 11 '13 at 13:14

What is says.

It was painful to produce/create whatever you are enjoying and to see you happy with the product/experience made the pain easier to take.

Depending on context it could be meant sarcastically.

If you are enjoying something that the producer does not feel you deserve to enjoy, he could sarcastically say the same.

share|improve this answer
Instead of "produce," one could say "set up," and instead of "product," one could say "experience." Thus, an alternate interpretation might be: It was painful to set up whatever you are enjoying, and to see you happy with the experience made the pain easier to take. I'm thinking of a wedding, e.g. Same idea, just a slightly different take on it. – J.R. Sep 11 '13 at 13:11
Updated my answer to reflect this – mplungjan Sep 11 '13 at 15:20

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.