so-so

Definitions

  • Sang So Loud You Would Think he Would Split Hisself 333
    Sang So Loud You Would Think he Would Split Hisself 333
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj so-so being neither good nor bad "an indifferent performance","a gifted painter but an indifferent actor","her work at the office is passable","a so-so golfer","feeling only so-so","prepared a tolerable dinner","a tolerable working knowledge of French"
    • adv so-so in an acceptable (but not outstanding) manner "she plays tennis tolerably"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

And So This is the Champion Little Devil of America 357 And So This is the Champion Little Devil of America 357
So it seems So it seems
SO INCONSIDERATE SO INCONSIDERATE
And so the teacher turned him out And so the teacher turned him out
And so there we wuz a-facin' each other And so there we wuz a-facin' each other
"But it is so stylish, Samantha, and it only costs ten cents." "But it is so stylish, Samantha, and it only costs ten cents."
It wuz so big that it wuz fairly skairful It wuz so big that it wuz fairly skairful
THEN THERE CAME A WIND SO STRONG THAT IT BLEW OFF CURDKEN'S HAT THEN THERE CAME A WIND SO STRONG THAT IT BLEW OFF CURDKEN'S HAT

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When the only queen ant dies, so does the entire colony, because no new workers are born
    • a So-so Neither very good nor very bad; middling; passable; tolerable; indifferent. "In some Irish houses, where things are so-so ,
      One gammon of bacon hangs up for a show."
      "He [Burns] certainly wrote some so-so verses to the Tree of Liberty."
    • adv So-so Tolerably; passably.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Close to 80% of people who watch the Super Bowl on television, only do so to view the commercials
    • so-so Neither very good nor very bad, but generally inclining toward bad; indifferent; middling; passable. See so so, under so.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Diet Soda kills brain cells because they use so many chemicals to make it "diet"
    • adj So-so sō′-sō neither very good nor very bad: tolerable: indifferent.
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Quotations

  • Josh Billings
    Josh%20Billings
    “It is better to know nothing than to know what ain't so.”
  • Frank O'Hara
    Frank O'Hara
    “It is easy to be beautiful; it is difficult to appear so.”
  • Fran Tarkenton
    Fran Tarkenton
    “People don't change their behavior unless it makes a difference for them to do so.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The human mind must believe in something, so why not let it believe what it does believe.”
  • Scotty Bowman
    Scotty Bowman
    “There is nothing so uncertain as a sure thing.”
  • Plato
    Plato
    “When men speak ill of thee, live so as nobody may believe them.”

Idioms

As you sow, so shall you reap - This means that if you do bad things to people, bad things will happen to you, or good things if you do good things.
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In so many words - This phrase may be used to mean 'approximately' or 'more or less'. I think it may have a sarcastic connotation in that the individual listening needed 'so many words' to get the point. It also may suggest the effort on the part of the speaker to explain an unpleasant truth or difficult concept.
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None so blind as those who will not see - This idiom is used when people refuse to accept facts presented to them. ('None so deaf as those who will not hear' is an alternative.)
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Say-so - If you do something on someone else's say-so, you do it on the authority, advice or recommendation.
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So it goes - This idiom is used to be fatalistic and accepting when something goes wrong.
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So on and so forth - And so on and so forth mean the same as etcetera (etc.).
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So what - Impolite reply showing that the speaker is not impressed by what has been said. ex: So what? Why should I care?
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
So, + so,

Usage

In literature:

It was so cool and fragrant, so clean and so old-fashioned.
"His Family" by Ernest Poole
She was so steadfast, so strong, and wiser than any woman he had ever seen.
"Children of the Mist" by Eden Phillpotts
He is so ugly, and so honest, and so jolly.
"The Honorable Peter Stirling and What People Thought of Him" by Paul Leicester Ford
Never had Benediction seemed so beautiful, so pathetic, so appealing, so irresistible.
"The Woman Thou Gavest Me" by Hall Caine
The level light of the Beauce, so beneficent yet so austere, figured her soul.
"The Life and Death of Richard Yea-and-Nay" by Maurice Hewlett
This is a sickly child, I think; but the full-length is so manly, though so slender, and so handsome too.
"Uncle Silas" by J. S. LeFanu
So says the Spaniard, and so say I. I had of course an indifferent night of it.
"The Journal of Sir Walter Scott" by Walter Scott
So many winters, so many summers, so many suns and moons and rains and snows had gone to make it what it was.
"The Brimming Cup" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
It was made of beautiful dark wood, so dark and so highly polished that Pandora could see her face in it.
"Young Folks Treasury, Volume 2 (of 12)" by Various
I put out those beautiful eyes of which I was so envious because the people praised them so much.
"Bessie's Fortune" by Mary J. Holmes
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In poetry:

An ancestral home
It is not, so
Towards me why
Is his heart
So cold and distant?
"An ancestral home" by Ise
Was ever May so gay
As what the poets say?
If so,
We know,
We live not in their day.
"Charming May" by John Hartley
What aileth you at my song, madame,
So kind?
I hope that I sing no wrong, madame,
So kind?
"Two Folk Songs" by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch
It ails me not at your ballad gay,
So kind:
It ails me not for the wine and whey,
So kind:
"Two Folk Songs" by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch
"Oh, granny! what makes your ears so big?"
"To hear you with! to hear you with!"
"Oh, granny! what make your eyes so big?"
"To see you with! to see you with!"
"Oh, granny! what makes your teeth so big?"
"To eat you with! to eat you with!"
"Little Red Riding-Hood" by Clara Doty Bates
She's never been so lovin' wiv 'er gaze;
So gentle wiv 'er pretty wimmin's ways.
I tells 'er she's me queen, me angel, too.
"Ah, no, I ain't no angel, Kid," she says.
"I'm jist a woman, an' I loves yeh true!
An' so I'll love yeh all me mortal days!"
"The Siren " by C J Dennis

In news:

Clever marketing helped Dietrich Mateschitz turn a so-so beverage into a billion-dollar brand.
Rip claire squires, miss you so so so much bear <3 <3 <3 twitter.com/lucyylockettt.
Why are so so many offended by the quarterback's faith.
So long Casey Blake, so long Rafael Furcal, so long Jon Garland and Vicente Padilla and maybe Hiroki Kuroda and James Loney, hello dollars to spend.
He'll have tons of advice ("First you want to call so-and-so, then you want to make sure so-and-so does this-and-such ").
So why are they so deserving of so much attention.
They are all very creative changes, too – nothing you would expect to pop up after so much planning over so many years by so many smart professionals.
This year had more than its share of so-so exhibitions, but it brought an exciting burst of populism .
So simple, so pure, so Prince .
It's a Thursday night at Shea Stadium, and a girl goes by on roller skates while the So So Glos play.
Three is the so-so number.
In their limited-edition collection, Jones Soda and So So Happy teamed up to roll out four 12-oz.
Toshiba Satellite R945-P440 review: Sturdy and so-so .
What Role did Sandy Play in October's So-So Restaurant Sales.
Or are we just so-so .
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In science:

As Γx (z , H λ ) and Γy (z , H λ ) are independent and identically distributed for x, y ∈ So,o′ that carry the same label, we see that E(f (ΓSo,o′ (z , H λ))) = E(f (ΓSo,o′ (z , H λ ) ◦ π)) for any integrable function f and all π ∈ Π.
Absolutely continuous spectrum for random operators on trees of finite cone type
So, our aim is to show dS1 (α(π) x,y , 0) > δ0 for some π ∈ Π and all y ∈ So . := Py∈So′ (g (π) We start with two claims.
Absolutely continuous spectrum for random operators on trees of finite cone type
Let so(n) = {X ∈ Mn (R)|X + X t = 0}, su(n) = {X ∈ Mn (C)|X + X ∗ = 0, tr X = 0}, sp(n) = {X ∈ Mn (H)|X + X ∗ = 0}, then so(n), su(n), sp(n) are Lie algebras of SO(n), SU(n), Sp(n) respectively.
Elementary abelian 2 subgroups of compact Lie groups
Such total mass may be something like 100 gram, so is not in itself a scalar ∈ R+ , but only becomes so after choice of a unit mass, like gram, so the scalar is not canonically associated to the total mass.
Commutative monads as a theory of distributions
We from 0 to 1, in the sense that 0 ≤ hP, do not in the present article consider any order relation on R, so there is no “interval from 0 to 1 ”; so we are stretching terminology a bit when we use the wo rd “probability distribution on X ” for the elements of T0 (X ), but we shall do so.
Commutative monads as a theory of distributions
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