January 15, 2006

How to speak English in America - III

I'm back from Nuuw Yoark and I gotta tell 'ya, it was neat! Which brings me to this edition's 'English as spoken in America' lesson: "neat "is an extremely versatile word that can and definitely should be used in contexts that extend beyond the filing cabinet, office or bedroom floor. And you thought the only time worth using "neat" would be to describe certain people's handwriting or sock drawers....WRONG! Anything can be neat (- even me! Although I will always have trouble being tidy). In my opinion, New York is 'pretty neat' and that does not mean 'good-looking and tidy'. In fact tidy and NY do not go together (just like tidy and me, who haven't even met.)

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