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Nothing good

Post by Stevenloan » Wed Aug 15, 2018 8:56 am

Hi everybody! In the following situation, B and C are best friends. A is not their friend but A hears a lot about B and C and this is the first time A meets them. I use "We have nothing good for people to talk about" in a funny way to mean that "We're not good people and we don't have good qualities for people to talk about". Is it used correctly in this case?

A: Nice to meet both of you. I heard a lot about you.
B: All good I hope.
C: (turns to B and says something funny) We have nothing good for people to talk about. (and smiles)

Thanks a lot!

StevenLoan
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Re: Nothing good

Post by tony h » Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:21 am

It would work. There maybe a more pithy way to say it.
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Re: Nothing good

Post by Erik_Kowal » Wed Aug 15, 2018 10:33 pm

It's an example of what you might call mock modesty, implying that you are deliberately downplaying your good qualities in order not to sound big-headed.
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Re: Nothing good

Post by Stevenloan » Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:16 am

tony h and Erik: Thank you both very much for your help. I really appreciate it.

StevenLoan
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