good-at-nothing vs good-for-nothing what's the general difference between these two? I presume they're fairly close.
Sep 11, 2018 11:35 AM
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'Good at nothing' refers to one's ability. 'Good for nothing.' refers to one's value as a person. They don't mean the same thing.
September 11, 2018
Hi Mutt, Yes. They pretty much mean the same thing. Worthless. However, in use, I find that people will say "I'm good at nothing", speaking about themselves negatively. And "you're good for nothing", as a cruel statement to someone else. I hope this helps. Thank you, Stephen
September 11, 2018
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