F for fine

F is for fine.

There is more than one fine. Dictionary.com lists 18 definitions for the adjective fine.
1. of superior or best quality; of high or highest grade:
fine wine.
2. choice, excellent, or admirable:
a fine painting.
3. consisting of minute particles:
fine sand; a fine purée.
4. very thin or slender:
fine thread.

There is the social fine. “How are you?” someone asks. I am terrible at replying with a breezy “Fine!” Often I am feeling something other than fine. When they ask, I stop and check how I am feeling. Sometimes I try to answer “Fine!” when I know that they are asking with a social politeness and they have no interest in a precise answer. But on March 29, I answered “Grumpy.” When the person looked surprised, I said, “My sister died four years ago today.”

5. keen or sharp, as a tool:
Is the knife fine enough to carve well?
6. delicate in texture; filmy:
fine cotton fabric.
7. delicately fashioned:
fine tracery.
8. highly skilled or accomplished:
a fine musician.

Yesterday morning after I wrote E for Envy, I DID feel fine. I was satisfied with my writing, I am on vacation and the day before I had bought a used outboard for the sailboat. The old outboard has broken down over and over and I am tired of it. I was reading other interesting blogs and enjoying them, writing from all over the world. How wonderful!

9.trained to the maximum degree, as an athlete.
10.characterized by or affecting refinement or elegance:
a fine lady.
11.polished or refined:
fine manners.
12.affectedly ornate or elegant:
A style so fine repels the average reader.

In the afternoon my daughter and I took the boat out. New (used) motor, started on one pull once I remembered to turn the kill switch away from kill, and we edged out of our slip and marina. My daughter is on the sailing team now, so I took the picture while she captained. Such a sunny and blue sky day, so fine!


13. delicate or subtle:
a fine distinction.
14. bright and clear:
a fine day; fine skin.
15. healthy; well:
In spite of his recent illness, he looks fine.
16. showy or smart; elegant in appearance:
a bird of fine plumage.

I have a friend who answers “How are you?” a bit differently. His reply is “Flawless!” That is an interesting feeling and interesting answer….

17. good-looking or handsome:
a fine young man.
18. (of a precious metal or its alloy) free from impurities or containing a large amount of pure metal:
fine gold; Sterling silver is 92.5 percent fine.

So the next time someone asks how you are and you say “Fine!”, which fine do you mean? There are so many choices!

14 thoughts on “F for fine

  1. Ompong says:

    How are you? Ooops, don’t be grumpy… :)

  2. calensariel says:

    That post was just Fantastic!!!

  3. Jackie Jain says:

    Wow… This is very much fine and amazing..
    Everything is fine here and I feel fine after reading this.

    Finely done by mixing real situations in it.

    Have a good time.. :)

  4. #WWOW: A fine piece of writing #11.

  5. HesterLeyNel says:

    My fine depends on the weather. I am better than just fine when the sun is shining and the weather is warm enough to swim in the sea. So you go sailing. Wonderful! We see many sailboats passing, but the thought of going sailing scares me more than just a bit – the sailboat is so small and the ocean so big. Enjoy!

    • drkottaway says:

      I am less scared of the sailing itself than trying a new motor to get out of the slip and out of the marina! and we had three boats all moving at the same time returning, but no crashes, whew! I want to take a docking class and anchoring class… it was my father’s boat and he died almost three years ago.

    • drkottaway says:

      We often have clouds and often have mist in the morning, clouds to the ground… I like it now…

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