I said "It's a beautiful day today" and it was not accepted; I think this should be accepted. Any comments?
DL accepts 'today is a beautiful day '. Anyone any idea what a 'pretty day' is? Sounds really weird.
Page 162 of the New American Supplement of The Encyclopædia Britannica bemoans,
Among Southerners pretty is a word very often misused; for instance, "Isn't this a pretty day?" and this error is a very general one. North Carolinians say the scenery is "pretty,"---meaning picturesque; the day is "pretty,"---meaning fine; and that a person's manners are "pretty,"---meaning well-bred.
Apparently the error is so very general, it can only be criticized, not explained. https://books.google.com/books?id=H-0hAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA162
I'm not sure how it could be considered an error. Pretty is an adjective. People use it to describe days. Even if others would use the beautiful (a synonym) how does that invalidate the word choice of others?
At one point, awful and awesome had nearly identical meanings. Over time, the meaning of awful shifted. We would be ridiculous to insist that awful should still mean "full of awe". Words change.
It's another way of saying a beautiful day. Some people say it that way. You honestly can't tell me you can't pull meaning from "pretty day".
It's pretty interesting that so many non-Americans have an issue with phrase pretty day. Because it sounds pretty natural to us!
With all the fighting in the world, can you please just agree to disagree here and just accept being corrected and get on with it! PLEASE!
I also said "It's a beautiful day today" and it was not accepted - I have reported it. 26/12/18
Did anyone else here have problems hearing bello at the end. What the speaker said sure sounded like something else
In English nobody ever uses the word pretty for that. It is a good day or a beautiful day.
That's not true at all. I've heard pretty day many times and seen it in print.
Bello/bella is "pretty", but it can also be "beautiful." Your point is that few English-speaking people would say that a day is "pretty." They would say it's beautiful, or it's pretty nice, but not pretty.