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How usual is the phrase »something fierce«?

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For example: I need a cold drink something fierce. Is it worthwhile to remember or rather unusual? I never heard it, but PONS told me…

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I feel like that's something you would only hear in the south. Not sure if that's even said by everyone there/all age groups. I would say as long as you understand that it is just adding emphasis it's certainly not something you need to remember yourself.

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I've heard it, and used it, up here in igloo territory. Usually said in an intentionally obvious way by "country folk" (based on my experience). Definitely not very common though.

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Btw: What about a whacking fine?

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… and to palpitate? … e.g. This makes my heart palpitating.

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I second jolynne's thoughts on whacking fine and palpitate.

Vor 3 Jahren

https://www.duolingo.com/Siebenundzwanzig

No idea what the first one is meant to mean.

Palpitate is an important word, so I would learn that; probably unlikely you'd use it, but if you have anxiety issues like me, it becomes a regular usage. :P

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Okay, thank you!

Vor 3 Jahren

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We say it in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Lifelong liver here. As an oldster (40ish), I say it, as do my kids. I have said something makes my heart palpitate, too. Never heard of whacking fine, though. I might take it and run with it though. I also like the phrase "More ......... than you can shake a stick at." You add whatever there is a lot of in the blank. I have a lot of books at my house (six bookshelves full) so I could say I have more books than you can shake a stick at.

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I can't imagine you incurring too many fines of any sort, though, Jolynne, never mind a whacking great one. (In my world the adjectival form is always coupled with great.)

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True, I only whack when no one is around to catch me. You know, I am going to have to use that phrase. It will make me feel so continental.

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Well, this is a poor show, isn't it. What a mess the boards are. I thought we might be able to have a better conversation here. How are you?

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I am good thanks. Are there problems on the streams again? Had three groups of little ones at the library today. I think I may be dinosaured out.

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Thank you – then I will discard whacking fine and remember palpitate… actually, that's rather unusual for me to learn new vocabularies via dictionaries. Normally I read texts/watch videos and look up words, which I don't know.

… I forgot to ask, whether to check in on sth. can be used as a critical/pejorative expression.

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I am not familiar with it as critical or pejorative. I suppose if you said it in a snarky or condescending tone of voice implying that the thing or person wasn't to be trusted, but normally it's just an expression of interest.

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British English: whacking

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https://www.duolingo.com/Siebenundzwanzig

Hah. I very, very, very rarely ever hear that being said, but hey, knowledge is power. It's probably something more commonly said in one place.

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Just a general tip: If you want to find out wether a certain phrase is natural or how common it is it can often be very useful to just search for it on google (or another search engine). Usually, the number of hits will be a good indication of how common a phrase is (and, by extension, how natural).

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Right, I'll better do that next time. But in case of palpitate I looked it up on Google News, to find out whether there is a frequent use, and indeed I found recent news, but nevertheless the authors might have been somewhat boastful with their use of high-brow vocabularies. ;-)

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