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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Least of all

When someone ends a list with "and last, but not least..." are they inadvertently saying that one of the entries in the list before this one was least, though not last?

2 Comments:

Blogger Mounirra said...

perhaps it means although an item is mentioned last in the list, it's not the least important?? well, English isn't my first language :P

7:55 PM

 
Blogger Paul Watson said...

You are right mounirra, that is the literal meaning. But if you take it further, the unintended meaning, it seems to say that the other items may be lesser. I don't believe most people who use this saying mean that though.

11:59 PM

 

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