“That’s Rich” may not have the protean meanings of some other phrases, like “Shut Up!!” or “Hot Dog!”

See, “Shut Up!” Has 9 Different Meanings? Shut Up!! (No, YOU Shut Up!)”; and “The Many Guises of “Hot Dog.'”

But, it has more definitions than you might initially guess:

One. Caloric. “That chocolate cake sure is rich.”

Two. Hypocritical or ironic ” usually qualified with “a bit.”  “Trump crucifying Biden on ethical lapses is a bit rich.” Sarcastically: “Now, THAT’S rich!”

Three. Wealthy. “Sue’s family has money, but nothing like Mary’s. Now, THAT’S rich!” (impressed).

Four. Plentiful; abundant: “The nation’s rich and diverse wildlife.”

Five. Fertile or productive: “rich soil”; “rich mineral deposits.”

Six. A person named “Rich”: “Hey! Isn’t that Rich sitting near the 30-yard line?!?”

Seven. Quintessential behavior for someone named Rich; often preceded with “just so”: “Bob didn’t have a ride to his doctor’s appointment, so Rich drove 20 miles roundtrip at 8 a.m. to take him. That’s just so Rich.”

See also, “Why is Calling Someone a “Piece of Work’ an Insult?”“You’re  . . . You’re . . . Such an Almond (Huh??)“; “What’s the Past Tense of Sight See?”; “Landmark ” or Watermark?”; “Dried vs. MORE Dried Apricots“; “Wild and Crazy” (vs. Conventional) Fruit; and “What’s the Opposite of “Untold Riches?

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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