I just learned a new way to use the word "dear"! What a very educational blog this is!
Ross is brilliant. And there's something definitely wrong with his head.I think this second definition of "dear," meaning "costly," is more common in the King's English than it is here in the Colonies. The only other time I've come across it is in Paul McCartney's "When I'm Sixty-Four": "Every summer we can rent a cottage in the Isle of Wight / If it’s not too dear / We shall scrimp and save."
Yet another way in which the world is richer for Sir Paul's presence in it!
A dearly beloved person, one that is greatly liked or preferred; a favorite: "the pride and vanity of the rich, the darlings of fate" - Mario Puzo
dear(adj.) Baby was dear to June, who held her as the nice man in the leather jacket approached.(interj.) "Oh, dear! It'd be a shame if something happened to the kid!"
Poor Marjorie!She couldn't find the extra money and now she has lost the baby.
Dear used to be common usage around here - I know all my relatives used to used it to mean 'costly'. I think it started disappearing in the US about 1950. I suspect the sappy meaning came from the real meaning, sort of like calling a baby "Precious". Either way, they cost you a bundle, black market or not. And the return policy sucks.
How sweet! :D --Gaianne
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