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I came across the informal idiom good egg which means a likeable or pleasant person. The idiom seems somewhat old-fashioned.

My question is: How common is this idiom inside and outside the USA ? And which age group still uses it.

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    The post notice here is not a criticism of the question (I really really wish the bold sentence at the start wasn't there), but rather is intended to head off anecdotal answers.
    – Andrew Leach
    Jun 22 at 7:20
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    What does "regional parts of the United States" mean? Do you just mean east/mid/west/south, or are you interested in more specific divisions, like local dialects or ethnic groups? Are you interested in a particular area? It's unlikely that there is precise usage information in the way you can get maps of pop vs soda but it might be possible to pick characteristic sources from New York or Los Angeles and see if they use it.
    – Stuart F
    Jun 22 at 9:43
  • Search terms "is a good egg,are a good egg" in Google Ngrams gives: books.google.com/ngrams/… As far as I can see, there is no hope of answering your question about the regions of the US as there seems to be no data, and thus answers will be opinions.
    – Greybeard
    Jun 22 at 12:12
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    My impression is that it was fairly popular 40-50 years ago, but it's fallen out of use. I would guess that a lot of 20-somethings do not know its meaning.
    – Hot Licks
    Jun 22 at 12:41
  • All l want to know which part of the USA ( north,south,east,west) this idiom is used in. Jun 22 at 15:55

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