C. Edward Good notes that "the raw adjective--in its positive state--merely describes the noun modified; it doesn't care about how this particular person or thing stacks up against other members of the same noun class" (Whose Grammar Book Is This Anyway? 2002).
Etymology:From the Latin, "to place"
- "To find a fault is easy; to do better may be difficult."
- "It should be our care not so much to live a long life as a satisfactory one."
- "Animals are such agreeable friends: they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms."
- "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."
(Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina)
- "Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example."
- "The inspirational value of the space program is probably of far greater importance to education than any input of dollars."
(Arthur C. Clarke)
- "Humanity has advanced, when it has advanced, not because it has been sober, responsible, and cautious, but because it has been playful, rebellious, and immature."