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Stupid poll

Poll #1170082 Good vs pretty good

If someone says that the chances of something happening are "pretty good" vs "good", which would indicate the higher chance of it happening?

Pretty good
12(40.0%)
Good
18(60.0%)


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I hate, hate, hate the use of "pretty good," "pretty much," "kind of," and watered-down statements in general . . . but I still use them informally, because I'm lazy. ;)

Err, I meant excessive use.

Yeah, given the responses to the poll, there's obviously some confusion as to what it really means.

I think it's interesting! I didn't consider using it out loud, when I think it's much more open to interpretation. I just thought written, and I do think that, say: "My chances are pretty good; I pretty much aced that test" is just* adding unnecessary words and is a weaker statement than "My chances are good; I aced that test."

*I abuse "just" a lot in this manner, too. :)

Good, to me, is concrete. Pretty good is wishy-washy and not completely good.

It's all about the inflection and body language. If it's "pretty good" with a little shrug, it's not as likely to happen. But if it's "pretty good" with a nod, then it's on.

Yeah, Chip was saying that it's to do with the tone involved. But you know, I expect even "pretty good" to mean over 50%! :P

BTW have you watched the A's in Japan special?

Edited at 2008-04-13 08:06 pm (UTC)

ZOMG, Cros giving Street crap about how "sweet" he was and everyone taking pictures of him tying his shoes? I was like, wow, Cros and Street are unexpectedly chummy... but then I realized that 1) they lived together for a year, and 2) they don't know anyone else on the team anymore.

I knew Street would be popular in Japan! I like the argument he had about being late. :D

I had to think about this one and even though the most strict definition of "pretty good" is "kind of good" aka being wishy-washy about wanting to label something as good, more recently, people are using the "pretty" to make it "better than good." It's like people think tacking on a random adjective increases the strength of the word? It's sort of like using the word "ass" to increase the strength of a noun even if it makes no sense literally, as in "it is ass-cold in here." English is stupid.

So I think your poll is going to be split down the middle :-P

Yeah my instinctive thought was that pretty good is like good+, but after thinking about it a while, it seems more like less than good. And you're right, it did end up being 40/60, so it's kind of a pointless modifier, I guess. :P

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