One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A patronizing form of address to a man.‘come off it, my man, who d'you think you're talking to?’
- ‘I'm afraid, my dear man, you are no longer needed.’
- ‘Well my good man, if we follow your logic it seems like what you are saying is that the ideal form of society is anarchy.’
- ‘Now see here, my good man, if we send these fellows back, will you promise not to be beastly to them?’
- ‘You see my dear man, I've been a step ahead of you the whole time.’
- ‘Now, now my good man, this is no time for making enemies.’
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