borderline vs outright

abc   Wed Sep 20, 2006 7:47 am GMT
"borderline inappropriate not outright inappropriate"
What's the difference?
Robin   Wed Sep 20, 2006 12:48 pm GMT
I would say that this post is borderline if not outright inappropriate. Any further posts of this nature will be immediately banned.

Yours sincerely

The Management.

The two phrases reinforce each other, by saying the same thing in a slightly different way. Borderline is Borderline

Outright inappropriate: is going beyond the border of what is appropriate to such an extent, that it is not even borderline, it is an outright breach of what is appropriate.
Lazar   Wed Sep 20, 2006 9:05 pm GMT
"Borderline inappropriate" means that your actions are just teetering on the edge of acceptability. They're in the border area between appropriate and inappropriate.

"Outright inappropriate", on the other hand, means that your actions are quite obviously and extremely inappropriate.
abc   Thu Sep 21, 2006 1:51 am GMT
I understand that you were trying to help. But are you OK?