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From: Aleksey Gurtovoy (agurtovoy_at_[hidden])
Date: 2006-12-15 09:26:01

David Abrahams writes:
> Aleksey Gurtovoy <agurtovoy_at_[hidden]> writes:
> > David Abrahams writes:
> >> IMO, in context, "the whole enchilada" is sufficiently obvious, but
> >> if non-native speakers contradict me I'll happily remove it.
> >
> > FWIW, I wasn't familiar with the expression and had to look it up.
> Had to because it was unclear, or just because you were curious?

I guessed that it means something like "the whole thing", so mostly
the latter.

> > Also, and also FWIW, according to Cambridge International Dictionary
> > of English
> > (, it's
> > an Americanism :).
> Yes, believe it or not there's such a thing as "proper American
> English."

I didn't mean to imply that there isn't, I was just noting that the
phrase targets a very specific audience: native speakers of American
English. For instance, "... if you're looking for the whole thing"
would still be colloquial but more "international", if you will.

Anyway, it's your call, like I said, all the above is FWIW :)

Aleksey Gurtovoy
MetaCommunications Engineering

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