Believe me or don't. This was a very long time ago. She told me her "vital statistics" (Hmmmm) and the waist was 24 inches. Because of what she was wearing I said: "You're lying to me" and she brought out her belt which, as fashion did then, was printed in inches. She tied it around her waist and it read "24" and she did indeed say "Hah! My belt tells the truth!". True story but how the hell DL found it out I just do not know! JJ.
I originally shared this misunderstanding regarding the BAGS rule. BAGS does not cover every adjective which could fit into the categories, rather there are 17 words which are exceptions to the noun/adjective rule that can be described as fitting into BAGS.
This page provides another explanation and a list of the words which are reversed: https://languagecenter.cla.umn.edu/lc/FrenchSite1022/ADJPLAbefore.html
An original? I don't think so. "First edition" is a very different idea than "genuine/actual". For example: "This is an original copy of Catcher in the Rye" "This is a genuine/actual copy of Catcher in the Rye"
In the first sentence, the book is clearly a first edition printing. In the second, all that we know for sure is that it is the real text of catcher in the rye published by one of the official publishers (at least, the speaker thinks so!). So, no, I'd say "original" isn't accurate here.
Yes, original often carries that meaning in English, though not usually when referring to books. An 'original' belt could be one of the first in a line of belts made by a famous designer, after which production was taken over by a larger company and so any later belts would not be originals.
Yes, fair play dadexter. The answer is, unfair and preposterous as it may seem right now, when the other definitions are introduced later on you'll see. This is how you'd have to learn in France, by trial and error and by mistakes and an amount of transient confusion. In my own native English I am still confused as to whether " 'Tis" may be used for both "It Is" and "This Is" or not!! Indeed, and why it is considered archaic now. I mean WHY??!! We constricted "Is it not" to "Isn't it" and then further to "Innit" but consider " 'Tis" out of order??!! Lurk into the future my friend. I am right there with you.