As you are probably aware, our contemporary English content is now available through Lexico.com (https://www.lexico.com/en), and our old English dictionary site no longer exists.

As a result of this, this forum is now closed.

The English dictionary community team would like the opportunity to say a huge thanks to all of you who participated by posting questions and helping other community members.
We hope this forum was useful, and that you enjoyed being a part of it.

If you would like to get in touch with any OED-related queries, please write to
[email protected]

And if you would like to contribute suggestions to the OED, please do so by visiting: https://public.oed.com/contribute-to-the-oed/

Thank you very much indeed, and good bye!
The community team

what is this meaning please

**What is the meaning of " You certainly colour thing's " **

Comments

  • DavidCrosbieDavidCrosbie ✭✭✭

    @jhylands2

    1. The spelling thing's can only represent 'of thing' — which means nothing at all.
    2. Certainly means 'I have no doubt that...'. What this signifies must depend on the context. We can't tell why the speaker chooses to say this when we can see.hear only this one sentence out of context. When we use certainly, there's usually an implied contrast. One possible reason is that the speaker/writer is feeling generally critical but approves of this one feature. Another possible reason is that the speaker/writer expected something different, and so is surprised. Yet another possible reason is that the speaker/writer is impressed.
    3. To colour things means 'to make things more colourful'. But again we can't know the significance out of context because colourful can have different meanings. It can literally refer to appearance and the variety of shades of colour. Or it can refer to interesting and exciting detail.
    4. Things as the OBJECT of a verb usually means 'things in general' — in effect 'eveything'.
Sign In or Register to comment.