March 10, 2007

i’ve written the better part of a novel

I’ve been using the phrase “the better part of a ____” recently, it’s an excellent aide for exaggeration, since in most usages you’re just implying that something has been occurring for more than half of a given time period, which can easily be abused.

Example usages:

  • I’ve been going to college for the better part of a decade.
  • My Dad’s been alive for the better part of a century.
  • Dynamic typing is responsible for the better part of the Holocaust.

Do you have any good “Better part of a blank” usages?

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  1. I’ve known you for the better part of my life.

    Comment by ag — April 11, 2007 @ 10:50 am

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