The Word of the Month


July 2018

Cartoon by Gymglish


Fine: quite well, good.
Ex. I feel fine today.

Fine: thin, of excellent quality, delicate.
Ex. Fine sand, fine wine, fine cotton.


A fine: a financial penalty.
To fine: to penalize monetarily.
Ex: see next section.

Fines in the news

This month, Google (motto: “Don’t be evil”) was fined €4.34bn by the EU for imposing their search engine on smartphones.

There’s a fine line between being a profitable tech giant and a greedy imperialistic monster.

Fine idioms

The fine print. Small letters in a contract. Apparently Google didn’t read the fine print about competition law.

A fine mess. Chaos or confusion. See: Trump’s foreign visits, Brexit, the Champs-Elysées after the World Cup final.

Fine tech

😃 Google is free.
😢 You pay with your personal data.

😃 Apple is user-friendly.
😢 You pay an arm and a leg.

😃 Facebook connects people.
😢 Your uncle sent me a friend request.

😃 Amazon ships everything.
😢 Your local shops are closing.

Fine with you?

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