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  1. And also “like.” As in, “I think he’s so, like, nice.”


  2. “ktheer nice”
    You should have taken a class from this prof at JU

  3. omg i use nice way too much. but hey like i am so like a valley girl, like born and like raised in the valley so i think like it is way nice for me to say like nice.

  4. Depends on how you use the word, I guess. The most annoying (read overused) word in Arabic: habiibi. If I hear the word one more time in a song, I just might throw up.

  5. Anonymous

    You’d probably be very interested in the development of the word’s meaning. It meant something quite different from what it means today, and it’s meaning was not “nice” at all.

  6. nice
    c.1290, “foolish, stupid, senseless,” from O.Fr. nice “silly, foolish,” from L. nescius “ignorant,” lit. “not-knowing,” from ne- “not” (see un-) + stem of scire “to know.” “The sense development has been extraordinary, even for an adj.” [Weekley] — from “timid” (pre-1300); to “fussy, fastidious” (c.1380); to “dainty, delicate” (c.1405); to “precise, careful” (1500s, preserved in such terms as a nice distinction and nice and early); to “agreeable, delightful” (1769); to “kind, thoughtful” (1830). In 16c.-17c. it is often difficult to determine exactly what is meant when a writer uses this word. By 1926, it was pronounced “too great a favorite with the ladies, who have charmed out of it all its individuality and converted it into a mere diffuser of vague and mild agreeableness.” [Fowler]

    “I am sure,” cried Catherine, “I did not mean to say anything wrong; but it is a nice book, and why should I not call it so?” “Very true,” said Henry, “and this is a very nice day, and we are taking a very nice walk; and you are two very nice young ladies. Oh! It is a very nice word indeed! It does for everything.” [Jane Austen, “Northanger Abbey”]

  7. And its equivalent in arabic nowadays:la6eef.Unfortunatly,I’m using it a lot ,I feel it’s stupid but sometimes I ‘m not in my most eloquent mood and I use it to make a discussion real short.

  8. Roba, You complain a lot ??

    You hate the word nice, you hate smiley faces and you hate some one saying “i” not” I” :) :p

    Ok, I think that’s not NICE :)) but am kidding of course.

    I think Nice is nice when used to make a conversation short :) as Salam suggested.

    Roba, What’s the word you like most in English ??

  9. I agree…I espeically hate it when I ask someone to tell me what they thought of a person and they say ‘oh they are nice’. Its like discribing a pair of shoes!!!

  10. Mush taby3ee shoo,,, 3anjad wow.

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  13. And also “stuff”, “like”, “you know”,”everything”…
    This stuff is,like, you know, nice and everything :)

  14. ذز إز ء نايس بوست؟

    can i (sorry I) ask ,,, why you hate this word? ;)

  15. Bashar, my favorite word is “relative” :)

    Abu 7amarneh, I hate it cause it’s EMPTY>

  16. She

    The English even use it to describe food! Of course, if they’re using it to describe English food, I suppose that would be understandable. :-)

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