- average – neither bad and nor good
- between good and bad
- somewhere between average and bad
- It can be used to show indifference
Grammar Note: The set phrase “so-so” is generally used as an adjective to describe an experience or object but it can also be used as an adverb.
- The new restaurant in town is so-so. It is not the worst food that I have ever eaten, but I would not go back.
- My new job is so-so. I enjoy the benefits, but I find that it is very boring.
- I find that the new Batman movie was just so-so. I expected so much more after the big budget and excitement that surrounded it.
- The food on our trip was so-so. I refused to try all of the strange local cuisine.
- “How is Jane’s new boyfriend?” “So so.”
- “How is it going today, Pete.” “So-so.”
The word originated in the mid-1500s. It is derived from the mid-13th century word so, which means “in this state or condition.” It has been used as an adjective meaning “mediocre” since the 1540s.
It is not a commonly used phrase and falls into the lower 50% of used phrases. There is a similar word in most languages meaning more or less the same things.
Synonyms of “So So”
- all right
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