It’s All A Matter Of Degree

It’s hard to describe superlatives without using another superlative. Even the dictionary definitions use superlatives to define the word superlative…the highest degree of the comparison of adjectives and adverbs, as smallest, best, and most carefully, the superlative forms of small, good, and carefully.  A description of something more interesting than the average state, either very good or very bad, very large or very small, very happy or very sad… Seems like it is better to be in the superlative than just be so so, or good. Or you can be good with where you’re at. You know, “It’s all good.”

An influential Washington hostess and fundraiser of the past was Perle Mesta shown below with Bess and Harry Truman. The song ” Hostess with the Mostest on the Ball,” from play based on her life, “Call Me Madame.”

“Hostess with the Mostest,” Perle Mesta (center) via Wikimedia

Perle Mesta from John Melton Collection via Oklahoma Historical Society

 

This post is for Stream of Consciousness Saturday hosted by Linda G Hill. The prompt for today is “-est.”

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