(From the 1930 Sellar and Yeatman parody “1066 And All That”) Often capitalised; always pronounced as if capitalised.
1. Self-evidently wonderful to anyone in a position to notice: “The Trailblazer’s 19.2 Kbaud PEP mode with on-the-fly Lempel-Ziv compression is a Good Thing for sites relaying netnews”.
2. Something that can’t possibly have any ill side-effects and may save considerable grief later: “Removing the self-modifying code from that shared library would be a Good Thing”.
3. When said of software tools or libraries, as in “Yacc is a Good Thing”, specifically connotes that the thing has drastically reduced a programmer’s work load.
Opposite: Bad Thing, compare big win.
see: have a good thing going
noun, Prison Slang. 1. time deducted from an inmate’s sentence for good behavior while in prison. adjective 1. (of a person) wildly seeking pleasure adj. 1928, from good (adj.) + time. Expression to have a good time “enjoy oneself” attested from 1822; earlier have a good time of it (1771). To make good time “go […]
- Good-time Charlie
[goo d-tahym] /ˈgʊdˌtaɪm/ noun, Informal. 1. an affable, sociable, pleasure-loving man. noun phrase A man devoted to partying and pleasure; bon vivant (1927+) Affable, convivial fellow, as in Joe was a typical good-time Charlie, always ready for a party. [ ; 1920s ]
[gon-uh-ree-uh] /ˌgɒn əˈri ə/ noun, Pathology. 1. a contagious, purulent inflammation of the urethra or the vagina, caused by the gonococcus. n. also gonorrhoea, 1520s, from Late Latin gonorrhoia, from gonos “seed” (see gonad) + rhoe “flow,” from rhein “to flow” (see rheum). Mucus discharge was mistaken for semen. In early records often Gomoria, etc., […]
[gon-uh-pawr, -pohr] /ˈgɒn əˌpɔr, -ˌpoʊr/ noun, Zoology. 1. an opening through which eggs or sperm are released, especially in invertebrates. /ˈɡɒnəˌpɔː/ noun 1. an external pore in insects, earthworms, etc, through which the gametes are extruded gonopore (gŏn’ə-pôr’) A reproductive aperture or pore, especially of certain insects and worms.