He is smart, if not TOO bright, for the job

Published by Duncan in the blog Duncan's Blog. Views: 238

English is not always the easiest language to follow. I read an article the other day in which "...not too bright" was used in a sentence. For most of us, it's understood that "not too bright" means that the person is dim(-witted). However, if you use that same phrase and put a stress on the adverb "TOO", you can make it seem as if the person in question is actually of a higher level of intelligence.
Today I spent some time cruising the Los Angeles jails online. Never know whose name might pop up. Paris Hilton is in there boys and girls. Los Angeles is teaming with celebrities in the jailhouse. Have fun!
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