One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
To some extent.‘‘Are you busy?’ ‘Ish’’
- ‘We were a motley collection of mostly 30 - ish women, most of us quietly, happily married (well, except for me).’
- ‘Her advice was simple: go west, young (ish) man.’
- ‘We left around 11 ish which seemed to be the time that many were leaving.’
- ‘Glad he's getting paid the big (ish) bucks to represent the people.’
- ‘Another 200 ish word writing from the pen (well typewriter) of yours truly.’
- ‘On average, you should spot each numberplate number approximately once in every thousand (ish) plates.’
- ‘Most are in the 20 - ish week of pregnancy.’
- ‘I can only assume that it means you get little control over which of its 250 ish songs you want to listen to.’
- ‘I am still waiting for you to hook me up with a 40 ish or 50 ish woman!’
- ‘This is a 100 (ish) mile cycle ride, with 500 riders, incorporating 8 nasty climbs.’
- ‘But now I'm older and popularity is less of an issue and I've developed a unique (ish) identity to go with my humdrum name.’
- ‘Some of the guys would be in the 8-9 minute/mile range, and I would be running 7:40 ish / mile.’
- ‘Still a shame they close at midnight since we usually reach the party peak at 11 pm ish.’
- ‘Now, he has a Jewish (ish) name.’
- ‘Started midday, finished midnight (ish).’
- ‘Go buy for the small (ish) person in your life!’
- ‘The album kicks off with "This," a gorgeous, rhythmic tune with Bowie-style vocals and ringing U2 - ish guitar.’
- ‘Just pictured them as 17 - ish.’
- ‘This time next week she'll be back home for good ish!’
- ‘I woke up, convinced it was Saturday, and got up about fifteen minutes later, at 9: 15 ish.’
1980s: from -ish.
An issue of magazine, journal, etc.‘the super duo appears in the latest ish’
- ‘My brother got a copy of the latest ish this afternoon.’
- ‘Don't dare miss next ish!’
- ‘A caption reminds us of the weighty importance of Peter's dangling question from the previous ish.’
- ‘Who could resist this teaser for the next ish?’
- ‘I guess I'll flip through next month's ish, but I probably won't be buying.’
- ‘See next week's ish for details.’
1940s: informal abbreviation of issue.
Used as a euphemism for ‘shit’‘that ish was hard for me to watch’
- ‘Didn't he like invent that ish?’
- ‘The Jonas Brothers were the ish back in the late 2000s.’
- ‘You don't know ish about cars.’
- ‘You gotta peep the vids, funny as ish.’
- ‘The snapshot shows them on some Bonnie and Clyde ish, with the pair wearing black face masks while joined by another couple.’
1990s: alteration of shit.
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