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'In Excelsis' ..?
depends a lot on the context
My vote goes to 'superior'.
Oh rather, what ho!
or 'frickin' awesome dude!'
I freely admit I didn't read the op - it's just such a great word
I like to use "Absolutely F*cking Mango!"
The cat's pyjamas
I bought wheels for my road bike ( http://www.nicholsons-cycles.co.uk/productdetails.asp?productid=41881 ) because they were relatively light, but more importantly had huge hub flanges..which meant I could use the word flange more often....which is a good thing :-)
Not a single one of those is a synonym for excellence.
I'd like to offer a contribution from my house's resident eight year old: 'sick'.
Agreed. But excellence has a very precise meaning. It's also a noun. 'Quality' is certainly a rough equivalent, used in the modern (sloppy) sense of 'high quality', but of course there can be low quality as well. Also, excellence is virtually a superlative i.e. highest or very high quality, whereas 'quality' may simply imply something of notable quality.
Tha's well good innit
Many bad things or people become 'legendary' e.g Ghenghis Khan
The best I can think of is 'perfection'.
I've got a feeling, though, that what you want is not exactly what 'excellence' means, but simply 'a very high standard'
PS. The word excellence means (literally, from the latin) a level of achievement that 'outruns' or 'surpasses' the competition. I think ;)
it's the new age ... we're not restricted by dictionaries.
for example: that climb was "bare sick bruv init"(sp) ...
Nah. Latin, sure. But it's to be eminent, rarely in the physical sense, based on rise or raise, from cellere, related to celsus (high) and columna (column.)
Unless I misunderstand the Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology which lives on my desk (beneath the sign that says "Pseud.")
The thesaurus is sending me to look at great, supreme, perfect and splendid. That may take time.
Piece de resistance? (with some accents unavailable on my phone!)
I have a brand new shiny copy of Roget's thesaurus in front of me, but am not sure exactly what sort of word you want...
> it's the new age ... we're not restricted by dictionaries.
You're still restricted to making sense/being understood.
> for example: that climb was "bare sick bruv init"(sp) ...
I like it. But it'll not be clearly understood by more than a mere fraction of the whole English speaking world. Of course you're joking, unless you only want to be understood in a very small part of this planet.
Note: I did say 'surpass'. OK so the original means something like 'overtop'. Seems to mean the same to me.
Funnily enough I spend most of my time correcting peoples English. Ah the delights of working with North Americans.
The heathens don't even know what biscuits are!
Many educated North Americans put our standard of English to shame.
Regarding the pedantry over Excellence. I don't think it really has a meaning any more since it is so over- and mis-used. Hence why I don't want to use it. But I do want to convey something "very good" with a memorable phrase.
But... you dunk biscuits in your tea...
If it's good enough for your purposes, who am I to demur ?
Anyway, your graceful initial contention was that you didn't know what you were talking about.
I shall get back to polishing my sign.
Hot diggity dog ziggity boom!
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