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From: David Abrahams (dave_at_[hidden])
Date: 2006-12-15 15:36:41

Aleksey Gurtovoy <agurtovoy_at_[hidden]> writes:

> 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.

That's reassuring.

>> > 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.

It targets everyone because the phrase is (IMO) amusing and
comprehensible no matter what kind of English you were first taught.

> For instance, "... if you're looking for the whole thing"
> would still be colloquial but more "international", if you will.

But not the least bit colorful or amusing.

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

Well, it's worth a lot to me to know it didn't actually cause you a
comprehension problem :)

Dave Abrahams
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