One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used as an emphatic or wheedling form of request.
- ‘But could you please, pretty please, stay out of the giant shadow of clichéd thought and words?’
- ‘Anyone I know reading this, please come with me, pretty please…’
- ‘We can't imagine they'll be too fussed about receiving a letter asking them very nicely to appear in court at some stage, at their convenience, if it's not too much trouble, pretty please?’
- ‘Could you, pretty please, scan your autograph and post it on your site so that I could make sure?’
- ‘Can you send us the recipe, James, pretty please?’
- ‘So pretty please, sign da guestbook to let me noe if u read my blog regularly?’
- ‘I still haven't figured out how to move my archives over here, but go ahead and change your bookmarks, pretty please.’
- ‘She told them the problem, passed out a few free tickets and asked them - pretty please - could they find quieter tasks to do during her Wednesday matinees?’
- ‘On a more practical note: pretty please can you take the line-height parameter out of your style-sheet?’
- ‘I don't know much about making websites, but I know I don't ever want to go through that again, so do you think you could pretty please install some kind of keyword search on the archives?’
Top tips for CV writingRead more
In this article we explore how to impress employers with a spot-on CV.