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Hello Everybody,

I came across a phrase which goes like this : "Early speculation about the death of late Prince Diana....".

The prefix "late" means the following person has dead. Then, why use the word "late" in the above sentence when the word "death" has been used. "death" itself means the person referred has dead.

I bet it as: "...about the death of Prince Diana...."

Thanks,
Praveen.
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Then it's OK! Sorry if I look thick, it's more that I want to make sure of what I understand; better ask one question too many than start on a misunderstanding...
Sorry Anne, I will henceforth explain my questions in clear terms.

Meanwhile, two more questions from your thread.

1)What does "one looks thick" mean? [ Does it mean "repeatedly asking questions"?]

2)What does "too many" mean in the sentence: "better ask one question too many than start on a misunderstanding... "?
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1) Imagine that the bones around my brain are thicker than usual, so it'll take me longer to figure out (understand) what you mean. To be thick is more or less "slow in understanding"

2) if you are not quite sure of something, then maybe you ask one question that may seem superfluous but it'll help you make sure there is no misunderstanding.
As far as I know, it isn't an idiom, because it corresponds to a French way of speaking. It just means what it says.
Good explanation, Anne.

Thanks.
You're quite welcome, Praveen, and thanks.
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just the opposite - it means "you're very welcome." --khoff
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Another suggestion why we use "late" in front of the names of the public figures who everone knows they are dead. It simly shows our respect for the person, we won't use it for Hitler,...
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