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After Chelsea's defeat in the last round of the PL by Liverpool, there appeared a banner in the Chelsea fan section with this text:

Jose, you are one off us.

Is it some kind of a wordplay based on similarity of/off? An ironic teasing that wants to say that the manager of Chelsea should be removed?

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  • ...Or it could just be a mistake made by a non-native speaker. Especially considering that the common expression is "one of us", not "the one of us". Nov 2, 2015 at 14:10
  • It seems to me that you got it right. Jose was considered one of "them" before. But after so many defeats, he is not one of them. This is my guess.
    – Usernew
    Nov 2, 2015 at 14:11
  • I am not sure if there was the definite article before "one". BTW: what's wrong with "you are the one"?
    – bart-leby
    Nov 2, 2015 at 14:23
  • The article would make sense if it was "one-off", meaning "Happening, done, or made only once". The phrase "the one-off us" doesn't make sense to me though. It could be "Jose, you are the one (that is) off (of) us." but that doesn't make sense either.
    – ColleenV
    Nov 2, 2015 at 14:34
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    @VictorBazarov - Or it could just be a mistake made by a native speaker! Not everyone born in the UK learnt how to spell.
    – AndyT
    Nov 2, 2015 at 16:54

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It's possible that this is a play on "one-off", which means unique. So you get a message of acceptance/inclusion:

You are one of us

And an homage to his talent:

You are a one-off

Note that I don't even know which sport Chelsea plays, so I could be seriously wrong through lack of context.

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  • Chelsea are performing poorly in the PL. As I have stated earlier in my comment: Jose was considered one of "them" before. But after so many defeats, he is not one of them It was not "one-off" or "a mistake," rather it was clever of the fan to say "you are one off us"
    – Usernew
    Nov 3, 2015 at 7:42

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