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The following reform proposals have no place in the description of a word. Eclecticology 00:03, 23 Jan 2005 (UTC)


  • Proposal: Stop using the word "too."
  • Why? Homophones are undesirable and confusing to people learning English.
  • Replacement: The appropriate synonym should be used instead of "too."
  • Dissent: "Too" is a very common word in English.
  • I want to come too. I also want to come. I want to come as well.
  • That candy is too sweet for me. That candy is sweeter than I like.
  • You are too kind. You are very kind.
Basic English 850[edit]
  • as well (1)
  • more (2)
  • very (3)

The Third Meaning[edit]

Why the third meaning has been removed? Aursani 12:14, 23 April 2008 (UTC)

Presumably because the definitions were identical. Angr 11:47, 14 September 2008 (UTC)
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Just the recently added (anonymously) Usage notes proscribing the use of this word. Which organizations and style guides in which countries consider this word "unprofessional"? We should be specific. --EncycloPetey 20:42, 8 January 2009 (UTC)

I've never seen it proscribed, and the OED has no indication of "unprofessional". I wonder what the editor had in mind. Dbfirs 21:25, 10 January 2009 (UTC)
I can think of two senses that would be inappropriate in formal writing: the highly informal "very" sense ("that's just too cute!") and the mostly-informal "in addition" sense ("Please hire me, I am a team player and a great writer too"). On the other hand the "excessively" sense, which I think of as the primary one, would be OK in most contexts. -- Visviva 08:47, 12 January 2009 (UTC)

RFV failed, usage note removed. —RuakhTALK 00:56, 12 May 2009 (UTC)

"Too" used in the negative[edit]

I think the following is not covered in the definitions given:

"I am not too tall" does not mean "I am not excessively tall" -- rather it means "I am relatively short". Duoduoduo 17:38, 13 October 2011 (UTC)

But it could just as easily mean "I am not excessively tall."  Consider the following dialogue:

John:        Mark is too tall.
Luke:        Is this true, Mark?
Mark:        Absolutely not.
Matthew:  Can you state for the record whether you are too tall?
Mark:        I am not too tall.
Matthew:  Thank you.
John:        Well, if you're not too tall, then what are you?  Huh?
Mark:        Appropriately tall.  Not too tall, not insufficiently tall—appropriately tall.
John:        Oh.  Yeah, I guess I could see that.
Luke:        Wait, what does that mean?
John:        It means Mark is tall, but not too tall as I had initially claimed.
Luke:        So, just to be clear, Mark, you're not saying that you're relatively short, only that you are not too tall—correct?
Mark:        Correct.
Matthew:  Can you state for the record whether you are relatively short?
Mark:        I am not relatively short, nor am I too tall.  Rather, I am appropriately tall.
Matthew:  Thank you.
Luke:        And are you voting Libertarian, Mark?
Mark:        Yes.  Yes, I am.
Luke:        Cool.

Clearly, in such a scenario, one can issue the claim "I am not too tall" without meaning "I am not excessively tall."  allixpeeke (talk) 02:45, 19 April 2016 (UTC)

Proposal of Etymology[edit]

Is there a possibility that this word actually came from "thereto", used after an additional item, with the "there" being eventually dropped? Ex. "I bought a house, and a car thereto." 05:28, 2 December 2014 (UTC)

Nope. Chuck Entz (talk) 09:36, 2 December 2014 (UTC)