And the writer of the blog more or less agreed with him, saying:
And they found what they claim is an early example of this usage, by the writer Monica Enid Dickens:
(A drive is a small private road which connects a private house to the public road. Gravel is the very small stones sometimes used to make these roads. Jog-trot is a way a horse moves. What she's saying is that the drive was so short that even if the horse was tired it started going faster because it knew it was nearly home.)
But does ridiculously simply mean very, or perhaps very, very? Was Dickens being careless in her choice of words? Is it that ridiculously simple? I think not.
Collocation exercise. Some intensifiers go naturally with certain adjectives. Match the expressions on the left with those on the right that you think fit best.
|1.||Mr Kipling makes exceedingly||a)||fast driver.|
|2.||He is an excessively||b)||easy language to learn.|
|3.||It’s an incredibly||c)||pleased with my new car.|
|5.||Her wedding dress was ridiculously||e)||fat.|
|6.||I’m tremendously||f)||good cakes (from a TV ad).|