I commented on Stack Overflow, and someone replied "that's too fine" to me.

What does this sentence mean?


It appears like they were trying to say "that is fine too" or, in other words, "that is also an acceptable way of doing it".

If they really meant "that's too fine" (which I really doubt), it would mean something like:

  • that way of doing it is too satisfactory

That is just nonsensical. It is most likely a typo or a non-native English speaker. Looking at their other answers/comments, it would appear they are from a non-Enligh speaking country. See this other example:

where the brackets are needed

That is out of order, and should be: "where are the brackets needed?" That isn't the kind of mistake a lazy native speaker would make.

In a very different context, it could be understood as a compliment. But that is only for urban slang, and it only refers to attractiveness of another person (or body part).

That booty is too fine.

I feel embarrassed just typing that, but I figured you should know it could be said. That is definitely not what that user was trying to say though. That's just some trivia.

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    Note "fine" may mean "flimsy"/"fragile" too. "That's too fine. I need something crude and sturdy" would be a normal usage. – SF. Nov 20 '13 at 13:19
  • @SF. That's too fine. ;) But seriously, I don't think that is what the user meant. I wouldn't refer to well-written code as "fine"... I'd only use it for something that is like hair/thread. – Gray Nov 20 '13 at 13:25

In an engineering discussion, "that's too fine" would refer to something like the thread pitch of a screw or a surface finish which can be defined as too fine for the purpose and thus unnecessarily expensive. In the context of that original post, I would too say he/she mean "that's also fine".

  • This actually does work as an answer, not a comment. With a bit more rep, you will be able to post comments. Until then, please do not use answers as a workaround. They will usually be deleted, and that makes more work for the site moderation. – Nathan Tuggy Oct 19 '16 at 8:42
  • Boarderline an answer, hence I try to go for a comment :-) EDIT: Christ almighty! I now realize this is a three year old thread which showed up in the right-hand side hotlist. Rookie mistake. – winny Oct 19 '16 at 8:53
  • We don't care about "thread necromancy" here either. Age doesn't matter much. – Nathan Tuggy Oct 19 '16 at 8:55
  • @NathanTuggy Oh! Over at EE.SE you will be rosted for it. – winny Oct 19 '16 at 8:56
  • I raised it from the dead because I'm trying to kill a tag :) Any question that only has one answer is fair game for a second one in my opinion, and it's never a bad thing to look over old questions and see if we can improve the question or answer. – ColleenV Oct 19 '16 at 11:14

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