- Not bad
Not bad = bad
Not bad, not bad = quite good
Disagree, not bad means alright, good even
Yeh I’d agree with this.
Not bad implies that you’ve exceeded their expectations. Alright/okay implies a sense of disappointment. (Tone dependent, of course)
Knew I could count on you m9!
Recently I was told my potential for progress in my career was ‘quite high’ which I took as a bit of a downer. Feels like a similar thing to the question above
‘Not bad’ sounds more like it’s better than they expected, whereas the other two are just a bit meh
okay = has met a minimum threshold
not bad = has failed to meet a (higher) threshold