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Why does "I'm down for X" mean the same thing as "I'm up for X"?

But if you say you're "feeling down" it's the exact opposite of "feeling up"

I feel bad for ESL people who probably encounter this more often than a native speaker realizes

That and the adjective order thing.

@alexlaw
Same reason "fat chance" and "slim chance" mean the same thing

@alexlaw idioms are always a pain in the ass, in any language

@alexlaw You should feel worse for #ESL people who make it their job to teach other people, then! 😢

@alexlaw
All languages are nonsense like that. From the five languages I ever learned English is the easiest once you recognize the general pattern of pronunciation (and Irish is the most overcomplicated whatever is this grammar who thought it a good idea)

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