Posted by **Carlito** on Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 9:03pm.

The eminent ammbassador was but an ___(average)___ linguist;yet he insisted in speaking to foreign dignitaries in their own tounges.

why is it average?

Doesnt was BUT mean opposite?

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**bobpursley**, Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 9:09pm
http://www.americanpoems.com/poets/emilydickinson/10689

In that poem, the first line means

The moon was just a arc of light, ...

was but does not mean opposite. It means was simply

So in your sentence, the lofty ambassador was not really fluent in languages, but he insisted on...

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**bobpursley**, Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 9:19pm
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/define.asp?key=10516&dict=CALD

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**Carlito**, Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 9:20pm
thanks!

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