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Discussion in 'English Only' started by Leafy Kid, Mar 3, 2008.

  1. Leafy Kid Junior Member

    Tokyo
    Japan, Japanese
    I found this sentence in the explanation about a restaurant.
    "It's divey but popular."
    Though I checked several dictionaries trying to figure out the meaning of the word "divey", I couldn't find such a word. Or is it a misprint?
     
  2. cycloneviv

    cycloneviv Senior Member

    Perth, Western Australia
    English - Australia
    The writer has put -y onto the end of dive to make an adjective.

    Merriam-Webster gives as a definition of dive: 2: a shabby and disreputable establishment (as a bar or nightclub).

    You often here, at least in my neck of the woods, "It's a bit of a dive." Maybe we've just got a lot of disreputable establishments around here! :D
     
  3. Leafy Kid Junior Member

    Tokyo
    Japan, Japanese
    I see. Then I know a lot of "divey" places in my neighborhood!
    Thank you!!!
     
  4. ewie

    ewie Senior Member

    This septic isle!
    NW Englandish English
    Oh there are plenty of dives in Manchester (UK) too, Viv, believe me.
     
  5. Leafy Kid Junior Member

    Tokyo
    Japan, Japanese
    I guess there are more dives than decent places in the world.
     

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