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Question: I was reading something from the 60s and mentioned ``swell'' as an old-fashioned word. Could you give some info about the word as a native english speaker? e.g. in what contexts could be used then/now, thanks.
Asked by Gio (79.130.186.x) on February 16 2024, 11:46am
Reply on February 16 2024, 1:16pm (edited at February 16 2024, 1:18pm):
    In modern English it might be used to describe what often happens to the body with injury: "my ankle started to swell after I sprained it." In this sense it could also be used metaphorically "his ego began to swell after the win."

    Or another version, the relating to a particular waves, e.g. swells in the ocean, or the guitar feedback swelled, even.

    Also it could be used as an adjective, maybe in the first half of the 20th century, which implies a positive thing. "Would you like to come to dinner on Friday? That would be swell."

    English: lots of choices!

  • Posted by Will (23.125.224.x) on February 16 2024, 2:19pm:
    You would be a swell chatgpt replacement.

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