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This post was edited by Ratfink at 2014-8-27 13:46|
Why do native speakers tend to add an "-ish" after certain word? For example, 'yes…ish", "Nice…ish". Is "-y" also used in this way?
"Ish" is a suffix and is used to create an adjective from a noun.
(From nouns) having the qualities or characteristics of: apish, girlish, largish, smallish, leftish, rightish.
Of the nationality of: Swedish,
Italianish in design (resembles an Italian design).
(From adjectives) somewhat: yellowish, pinkish, reddish, blueish.
Informal Denoting an approximate age or time of day: sixish
It is also used informally to indicate an approximate number: There were thirtyish people waiting by the doors for the sale to start.
Several words and phrases can describe this.
"it was meant to be"
Traditional British tea is a black tea and usually blended from many varieties. Many of the biggest brands of tea in the world are British or of British origin such as Twinings, Taylors of Harrogate, Lipton, Tetley, PG Tips (unilever) etc. Typical Blends of tea include English breakfast, Earl Grey and Yorkshire tea. Each tea has a different flavour and aroma. The tea tends to be "fruitier" than Chinese tea. Tea in Britain is usually made with milk or cream, though "black" tea is also very popular.
This is the "formal" tea time of the upper middle classes and upper classes such as the aristocracy. It's held between 3pm and 5pm and is a light collection of refreshments including tea, sandwiches and smalle baked goods such as scones. It's designed to stop hunger while waiting for the evening meal.
Also known as "Tea" or "Meat Tea". This is served between 5pm and 7pm in most cases and consists of a hot main course, traditionally followed by a baked dish (dessert), bread and jam. Tea was often drunk as the drink, or beer. This was the evening meal of the working classes. It was also used by the upper classes as the evening meal for their children who went to bed earlier than the adults. Over time the baked course and bread and jam were often replaced with icecream or another desert.
So looking at the entire day we have:
Breakfast (literally means to break fast).
Morning Tea (a break at work, tea and a snack)
Luncheon (or dinner for the northern working classes).
High Tea / Meat tea
Dinner (upper middle classes)
Supper (Upper classes, held later in the evening).
Supper (snack), something small to eat before going to bed.
Confusing isn't it?
It means "Do not tell me what to do or say" as you are guilty of the same thing. It's usually used in a disagreement, for example, Stop drinking, your drunk, the person drinking would respond "Your a fine one to talk" meaning that person is also drunk and still drinking.
There are many theories as to why this is so, but there really are no full answers. Some say because of the old Royal Navy superstition that having a woman on board a war vessel brings bad luck, others because calling a ship or boat by a feminine name (gender female) is because it reminds them of the loving nature of women and the ship sustains their life. There are dozens of possible reasons.