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"ish" certainly can mean "a little bit".
A: "Are you warm yet?"
B: "I'm warmish."
It's also a way of indicating that you are not being exact, but approximate.
"I'll be there nineish" = I'll be there at about 9 o'clock.
"She is fortyish" = She's about forty years old.
"ish" has the advantage of being able to be tagged on to a sentence you have already uttered (i.e. without recasting the sentence to indicate that you're not being exact).
"Well it's blue ... ish" = The speaker's first impression is that the colour is blue, but there is some doubt in his mind.
My question here is when is the ending "ish" to be considered slang? It appears in several adjectives, such as British, and it is not an instance of slang there.
if you read a phrase like "thickish mixture" in a recipe you accept it because that useage has been around a long time, and has become mainstream,
if you hear it tagged on in a novel way it could be classed as "slang" adnit will either be temporary or it will stick - some of yesteryear's slang is today's standard useageand some of it just sank without trace!
First I would say that I have no any moral rights to discuss here with u such hard things, as I'm not expert in this language, Even not in intermediate level. Yet, somehow my curiosity to talk with u and share with my opinions doesn't let me to live the topic without saying anything.
For this reason please dont pay much attention to my mistakes and poor language.
I think "ish" is used sometimes to make adjektives. For example: "I'm confused on his childish behavior!", also u can see for example: "british hospitality", "spanish olives" and so on. May be I was wrong with these sentences, but it seems to be that "ish" is used to make adjectives as I sad above.
I was wondering what did our experts like Miriam, Mr. Micawbere, Clive, Avangi, Alphecca Stars and others think about my opinion.
Thank u for wasting your time reading the dumbest post u have ever seen
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