Today on the way home from lunch I listened to the radio and listened to the announcer speaking about the weather and the forecast for the next few days.  The prognosis for tomorrow was, that – as opposed to today – the weather would be normalish again tomorrow.

Mine is the greyish car over there! pic: torontoist.com

Using the suffix -ish with normal is a bit weird – that’s why I even noticed it, because in everyday language the use of  the suffix -ish with adjectives has become so common place I barely realize it anymore.

So what does it all mean: -ish after an adjective give the adjective the connotation of “somewhat” or “rather”.  It can be used with a wide variety of adjectives and here are some examples:

“my car is that one over there?” “Which one, the red Honda?” “No the blueish Camry right next to it.”  – In this case the care wasn’t real blue but of a color looking sort of like blue.

“We live in a smallish house” – same idea, it ain’t really small but sort of on the small side.

It is also used with time:  “When should we come over for dinner?” “Sixish would be good.” – this indicates a certain flexibility, you aren’t expected at six but sometime around six.

And one last one example: “How’s that stew?” “Strange, the meat tastes sweetish – kind of weird.”

And now I wrap up this longish blog.


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