Comments on: Annals of no-comment, Meredith Whitney edition http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/04/09/annals-of-no-comment-meredith-whitney-edition/ A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: American_Fool http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/04/09/annals-of-no-comment-meredith-whitney-edition/comment-page-1/#comment-5956 Wed, 26 Aug 2009 05:53:59 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/04/09/annals-of-no-comment-meredith-whitney-edition/#comment-5956 Nice Post Felix. Whitney said it spot on. Nobody is a prophet, but Whitney made a great call, and deserves the credit.

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By: minderbender http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/04/09/annals-of-no-comment-meredith-whitney-edition/comment-page-1/#comment-300 Thu, 09 Apr 2009 23:17:03 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/04/09/annals-of-no-comment-meredith-whitney-edition/#comment-300 Argel – that’s clearly the American usage, but I remember someone telling me that in England it’s not an intensifier, it’s the opposite (a qualifier?). See the wiktionary entry, which gets at the ambiguity.

And Felix is British (or at least sounds like it), so I was just wondering. In context he seems to be using it as an intensifier.

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By: Argel http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/04/09/annals-of-no-comment-meredith-whitney-edition/comment-page-1/#comment-299 Thu, 09 Apr 2009 22:53:00 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/04/09/annals-of-no-comment-meredith-whitney-edition/#comment-299 Ooops, the form took the angle brackets out. Let me retry:

quite:

1 : wholly , completely not <quite finished>
2 : to an extreme : positively <quite sure> —often used as an intensifier with a<quite a swell guy><quite a beauty>
3 : to a considerable extent : rather <quite near>

usage see plenty
— quite a bit : a considerable amount
— quite a few : many

Source: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionar y/quite

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By: Argel http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/04/09/annals-of-no-comment-meredith-whitney-edition/comment-page-1/#comment-298 Thu, 09 Apr 2009 22:49:24 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/04/09/annals-of-no-comment-meredith-whitney-edition/#comment-298 To minderbender: From Merriam-Webster:

1 : wholly , completely
2 : to an extreme : positively —often used as an intensifier with a
3 : to a considerable extent : rather

usage see plenty
— quite a bit : a considerable amount
— quite a few : many

Source: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionar y/quite

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By: minderbender http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/04/09/annals-of-no-comment-meredith-whitney-edition/comment-page-1/#comment-282 Thu, 09 Apr 2009 17:49:50 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/04/09/annals-of-no-comment-meredith-whitney-edition/#comment-282 “It seems like quite a good answer to me.”

Is it true that when English people use the word “quite” they mean “a little bit,” while Americans tend to mean “very”? So “it’s quite cold in here” would mean something different in England and in the US.

I ask because, well, how good do you think her answer was?

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By: Remi F http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/04/09/annals-of-no-comment-meredith-whitney-edition/comment-page-1/#comment-277 Thu, 09 Apr 2009 15:40:02 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/04/09/annals-of-no-comment-meredith-whitney-edition/#comment-277 Meredith has been bang on – simple, clear, and lucid – no exaggerations, no dramatics, no hyperbole – factual, rational and logical!

Most importantly, she’s been right ….. ON THE MONEY!!

There was Elaine Garzarelli in the 80’s-90’s …… she was good …… Meredith is way, WAY better!

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By: Paul http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/04/09/annals-of-no-comment-meredith-whitney-edition/comment-page-1/#comment-271 Thu, 09 Apr 2009 14:19:57 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/04/09/annals-of-no-comment-meredith-whitney-edition/#comment-271 Nice response, Felix. Meredith Whitney deserves her fame. I recommend that David Weidner take his faux contrarian style to Slate.com where it belongs.

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By: Gil Roth http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/04/09/annals-of-no-comment-meredith-whitney-edition/comment-page-1/#comment-266 Thu, 09 Apr 2009 13:13:18 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/04/09/annals-of-no-comment-meredith-whitney-edition/#comment-266 I get Mr. Weidner’s point that, when it comes to predictions about the markets, you shouldn’t treat ANYONE like a messiah. But complaining that she got the Citi call right but failed to call out all the other banks? That’s grasping.

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By: otto http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/04/09/annals-of-no-comment-meredith-whitney-edition/comment-page-1/#comment-260 Thu, 09 Apr 2009 12:51:14 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/04/09/annals-of-no-comment-meredith-whitney-edition/#comment-260 Errr….it was a great call.

When you call it correctly and get mocking laughter, then later death threats, then later plaudits there’s no other definition.

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