Did you see the "Fatal Beatings" video on YouTube with Mr. Bean? There's a dialogue when
some student's Father asked about his sons death.
I think he asks; "Is he dead". Mr. Bean says; "Well, ummmmmm, ...deadish."
So, deadish qualifies in this usage as either ....exactly and totally or almost or slightly.
I think Mr. Bean is hilarious....ha ha ....."deadish" as though the boy could be somewhat dead, or "rather dead". Rather is another word which lends itself to the same kind of interpretation does it not?
If asked; "Is he dead?" We could say; "Rather!" That would mean;
Of course, absolutely!" Or it could mean; "Nearly dead."
Is this fair to say?
Are there other terms which are open to slight differences in interpretation?
I just rememebered this. If I say; "Am I thorough?" You could say; "Quite."
...meaning completely. Or you could say; "Not quite".
And you could also say; "Quite." Your tone, if sarcastic, would mean that it is only in my own imagination that I am thorough, right?
[Oh, and hopefully you will not answer this entire post with, "Quite.".
I will have a cow!"]