As I watched a TV series, I heard the following sentence:

Will you fix your marriage or get a divorce already?

I can't figure out what "already" means at the end of the sentence.

I suppose something like "immediately" but I couldn't find anything on the Internet .


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It connotes a sense of impatience. i.e "Would you do your work already?"


It is colloquial.

Already stands in for "which you should have done a long, long time ago."


The 'already' tag is characteristic of Ashkenazi Jewish English (presumably a calque from Yiddish) and, as such, has spread out from the New York Jewish population into wider American usage. I think TheObliviousMe is correct in saying that it conveys a sense of impatience, rather than having any definable meaning. It is often (over-)used, however to caricature Jewish speech for comic effect.


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