Always +1

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On Sub Specie I don’t write about lin­guistic mat­ters all that much. To kick off, I’d like to start with what is a rela­tive­ly ob­scure pheno­menon in the Dutch lin­guis­tic land­scape: the use of +1 (or as a pro­nounced phrase plus één) as an ad­jec­tive in predi­ca­tive posi­tion. Basic­ally, it’s used to sig­nify appro­val or that some­thing is bet­ter than some­thing else, as might be ex­pect­ed.