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Thread #132499   Message #4093350
Posted By: Doug Chadwick
16-Feb-21 - 04:54 AM
Thread Name: BS: Language Pet Peeves
Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
A vehicle that is maintained to a sufficiently high standard to be used legally on a public road is road-worthy. The quality that it possesses is that of 'road-worthiness', not 'road-worth'.

Steve, your second definition conflates two separate ideas:

2. characterised by good intent but lacking in humour or imagination.
"worthy but tedious advice"
It sort of means competent enough but just dull and uninspiring.

"worthy": characterised by good intent; (sort of means) competent enough
"tedious": lacking in humour or imagination; (sort of means) just dull and uninspiring.