Some odd means 'around that' or 'close to it'

Why do people use some odd?
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It is a reduncancy used as an alternative. Both words mean 'an unspecified several'.

Please write a sentence using 'some odd' in the way you are asking about, to help us comment.

Best wishes, Clive
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Like, I lost 100 some odd dollars.


I haven't seen him in 20 some odd years!
It sounds redundant and unecessary...to me.

Why can't it just be I haven't seen him in 20 some years?

I haven't seen him in 20 years or so.

Saying 20 some odd years to me implies that the years you didn't see this individual were really weird or something. It's quite confusing.

In modern English, it's really just an informal and idiomatic phrase.

'Odd' has meanings other than 'strange'.

eg I found an odd sock in my sock drawer.

The underlying meaning is that this is an additional, unaccounted-for and rather unimportant sock.

Another example is 'I spend the odd dollar on candy'.

When you say 'I haven't seen him in twenty-some odd years', it sounds to me like you are saying not only that the number is approximate but also that it is not important.

You'll often find the phrase hyphenated in various ways. That's how I'd do it.

Best wishes, Clive
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It may be confusing, but much of most languages is. It is a common informal collocation:

About 60 some odd percent of that are in dollar-dominated assets.

there are 30 some odd Democratic states, let' s be more explicit about this.


They had unleashed this bombing attack, killed 400 and some odd people that we know of.
Why can't it just be I haven't seen him in 20 some years?


I haven't seen him in 20 years or so.

Your examples are also fine -- you certainly don't have to use "some odd."
because the years may not be even in either frequency or periods
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