One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘matters have improved somewhat since then’
a little, a bit, a little bit, to a limited degree, to a limited extent, to a certain degree, to some extent, to some degree, to a point, up to a point, in some measure, rather, quite, within limits
North American informal some
informal kind of, sort of, ish
2‘a somewhat thicker book’
slightly, relatively, comparatively, moderately, fairly, marginally, a shade, rather, quite, within limits
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