If I say "anything but ordinary", it means it is not ordinary, it is unique and different. What if "anything other than ordinary"? Does it mean the same as "anything but ordinary" or does it simplify emphasize the state of being ordinary?

  • possible duplicate of What is the difference between "nothing but", "anything but", and "everything but"? and see LINKED sidebar . . . . . . – James Waldby - jwpat7 Sep 24 '14 at 18:11
  • yes, but it didn't explain anything other than – user3669481 Sep 24 '14 at 18:16
  • “Anything other than ordinary” is a roundabout (and slightly clumsy) way of saying “anything but ordinary” or “anything except ordinary” – James Waldby - jwpat7 Sep 24 '14 at 18:19
  • The only context I can think of where but xxxx simply emphasises xxxx is something like "I'm starving! I don't have time to look at the menu! Just give me anything - but quick!". So I think this question is General Reference, not a duplicate of nothing/anything/everything but xxxx. – FumbleFingers Sep 24 '14 at 18:55

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