JUST OR ONLY!
We’ve been to town this morning; we had quite a number of calls to make and as we went around my husband began to do a count. He finished up with the number 36 – yes, 36 different places where we were told, ‘Just —‘ or ‘Only—-‘ usually a monetary amount. The implication of these two small words is that you are getting a bargain. I’ve looked up their meanings in my dictionary, ‘Just’ is, upright; fair; correct; proper and right. ‘Only’ is, that is; are; the one or all the specimen(s) of the class, or sole. I guess these are two examples of how the use, and implied meaning, of words has changed. Does this ‘just’ and ‘only’ thing work with sales I wonder. We’ve reached the stage where it actually does the opposite for us, we go looking further, and comparing, and it’s surprising how many times you get a better bargain. I’ve just finished my coffee; whilst drinking it I was flipping through the November issue of Writing Magazine, actually reading Lorraine Mace’s final page on her paraskevidekatriaphobia. Right there on the opposite page I faced that ‘just’ word again. ‘Self Publishing for Just £795 —‘, I wonder how many struggling writers can afford that?