So Done” vs. “Are You Done Yet?”

For an unassuming four letter word, “done” sure has a lot of different connotations.

doneI count at least eight (below), including two meanings — one good, one bad — popular in residential real estate.

One.  To perfection.  Example:  “That house is done.  It’s not staged like a spec house.”  See, “done to the nines.”

Two.  Dated, out-of-fashion; over.  Sometimes preceded with a “so” for emphasis.  “Earth tones/granite counters/stainless steel are [so] done.” (Actually, they aren’t.)

Three.  Completed a chore or task.  “Are you done with your homework?”; “the laundry’s done,” etc.

Four.  Completed an unsavory or illegal task, usually uttered in a low, confidential voice. Hit man to client:  “it’s done.”

Five.  Thoroughly cooked food; upbeat declarative.  “The steaks are done!”

Six.  Exhausted one’s patience — usually a parent’s — following which the activity in question is abruptly ended.  Most common formulations, uttered with exasperated disgust:  “We’re [done]”; “You’re [done].”  What a parent says to a misbehaving child at the playground, restaurant, etc.

Sometimes preceded with a terse, “That’s it!” (“That’s it!  We’re done . . .”).

Seven.  Finished speaking your peace, sometimes followed with a “yet.”  One spouse to another in an argument:  “Are you done [yet]??”

Eight.  Socially acceptable.  “That’s just not done.”

Next post:  versatile uses of the word “good” (example:  “are we good?”).  🙂

See also, “Your Money’s No Good”“Re-Duded Home“; and “Congratulations!  You’ve Been Pre-Selected!”

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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