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comment Origin of “If the wind changes”
Perfect. That's all I need. Thank you.
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comment Is “best” still a superlative in “best friend”, as in can you have more than one “best friend”?
@ChrisH: Okay, that's a better example and addresses Anemone's comment too. I find the phrase "other best friend" to be surprising.
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comment Is “best” still a superlative in “best friend”, as in can you have more than one “best friend”?
So, you wouldn't be surprised if someone said "My best friend was sick in bed, so me and my best friend went to visit her."?
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comment Is “best” still a superlative in “best friend”, as in can you have more than one “best friend”?
@HotLicks: I'm approaching 50, but when I was a teenager I only have one best friend, one second-best friend, etc. Of course, as a group they were my "best friends", but I would never say "My best friend betrayed me" to refer to any of them equally.
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comment Is “best” still a superlative in “best friend”, as in can you have more than one “best friend”?
I interpret the first example to, literally, mean singularity, but in a hyperbolic way.
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comment Is “best” still a superlative in “best friend”, as in can you have more than one “best friend”?
Sure: "One of my best friends" is like "One of my tallest friends". Or you can talk about "a group of three best friends", implying the each consider the two others as their two "goodest" friends.
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comment Is “best” still a superlative in “best friend”, as in can you have more than one “best friend”?
How up-to-date is Word Net? Would it have picked up usage changes in the last decade or two?
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