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QP
Posted: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 5:10:40 AM
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Dear friends,

Please see below:-

We tracked the John down to this fish place on City Island. The Poseidon Adventure or some shit. The John's buttons are all over the place.
They're doing calamari and clams. Having a real time of it. Real pleased with themselves.

I don't understand the above two bold sentences. Can anyone help?

Thank you
QP








NancyUK
Posted: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 8:20:44 AM

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QP wrote:
Dear friends,

Please see below:-

We tracked the John down to this fish place on City Island. The Poseidon Adventure or some shit. The John's buttons are all over the place.
They're doing calamari and clams. Having a real time of it. Real pleased with themselves.

I don't understand the above two bold sentences. Can anyone help?

Thank you
QP


Using real in this way means very - from TFD:

real adv.
12. Informal. very or extremely: You did a real nice job.

Note that this is colloquial and not good grammar, but it is the way many people speak.

Having a time of it is often defined as having a hard time, but here it clearly means they are having a real (very) good time.

Real pleased with themselves ~ Very self-satisfied.

See the definition of the idiom below:
Pleased with someone or something

By adding real and themselves to the idiom, turns it from a positive to a negative connotation.

I would live all my life in nonchalance and insouciance, Were it not for making a living, which is rather a nouciance. Ogden Nash
QP
Posted: Thursday, April 20, 2017 10:16:45 AM
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Thanks a lot, NancyUK.
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