Adam Walker wrote: >I have a question about the English adj. >old-fashioned. In my usage it (about equally often) >implies either "old, out-of-sytle and/or >no-longer-useful" or >"the-way-they-did-it-back-when-they-knew-how-to-do-it-right". > In other words, it has either a negative OR a >positive connotation. > >Her style is very old-fashioned. = She's out of step >with the times and needs to up-date her look. > >All I want is some old-fashioned service. = No one >today remembers how to give proper service, so I want >it they way it used to be done. > > In my usage, the positive connotation is almost always preceded by 'good'. 'All I want is some old fashioned service' would be a very odd thing to say, while 'good old fashioned service' would not.