not all that/not very
The slangy phrase “not all that,” as in “The dessert was not all that tasty,” doesn’t belong in formal writing. “Not very” would work, but something more specific would be even better: “The pudding tasted like library paste.”
Of mangers and stables: Paul Brians notes some mixed-up usage pertaining to the Christmas story in his latest blog post.
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