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onsen
Posted: Saturday, February 27, 2021 5:42:12 PM
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Hello,

Quote:

job n
2 a good job, (colloq) a fortunate state of affairs:
He lost his seat in Parliament, and a good job, too!
(Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary)


He lost his seat in Parliament, and a good job, too!

Is this sentence likely to be said by a political opponent?
That is, is the phrase used about someone's ill fortune?

Why is the 'too' necessary?


Thank you.
tautophile
Posted: Saturday, February 27, 2021 6:15:24 PM
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The "too" isn't absolutely necessary, but it's often added for emphasis. He lost his seat in Parliament, and a good job, too! is the sort of thing that might be said by a political opponent or a journalist who opposes the politician who lost the election and so lost his seat, and it emphasizes the speaker's opinion that the politician's loss is a good thing. Of course it could be turned around: He kept his seat in Parliament, and a good job, too! would be said by the politician's ally, if the politician had won the election and so kept his seat, and the speaker thought that was a good thing.
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