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I'm searching for a word that means... "even better than"

I want to use it in this sort of context...

"It's a sitting duck."
"A sitting swan -word here-"

"I'd like to buy some flour."
"Organic flour -word here-."

For some reason the word nonetheless pops into mind, but nonetheless means however so is obviously not it... the word I'm looking for is possibly similar sounding, but I'm not sure.

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    Are you looking for a word like better yet, or better still? – anongoodnurse Sep 25 '14 at 8:39
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    Why do you need than? "is better" is the phrase you need, right? Do you have "beats" in mind? – Kris Sep 25 '14 at 8:47
  • "Better yet" in that position sounds really weird, even borderline ungrammatical. It typically begins a sentence. (And of course it doesn't sound anywhere close to "nonetheless"...) – RegDwigнt Sep 25 '14 at 9:01
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    @Deb no, nevertheless does not have the meaning you're looking for – Raestloz Sep 25 '14 at 9:19
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    In some contexts (certainly OP's first example, if not the second), even works fine. – FumbleFingers Sep 25 '14 at 12:19
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The words 'preferably' or 'ideally' may work. For example:

"It's a sitting duck." "A sitting swan, preferably." - does not work, but:

"I'd like to buy some flour." "Organic flour, preferably." would seem acceptable.

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I'm going to agree with FumbleFingers, "...even" works, although it sounds a bit out-dated to my ears, possibly because it makes me think of old "Snagglepuss" cartoons: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CAf5i4TEA0

"I'm the strongest man in the room. The strongest man in town, even!"

You might be thinking of the word "moreover," which could go at the end of the sentence, but would be more likely to go at the beginning:

"I'm the strongest man in the room; moreover, I'm the strongest man in town!"

A couple other options:

"I'm the strongest man in the room, and the strongest man in town to boot!" (I'm the strongest man in town as well.)

"I'm the strongest man in the room; more to the point, I'm the strongest man in town!" (More importantly, I'm the strongest man in town.)

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Better than = superior

Even better than = even more superior

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"Certainly" works, and has an implied note of correction, and maybe a little disdainful reproach.

"Naturally" has the same correction, but a little nicer.


"It's a sitting duck."

"A sitting swan, certainly"


"I'd like to buy some flour."

"Organic flour, naturally."

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