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Offline knight66

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Re: Cato's Grammar Grumble
« Reply #1000 on: February 22, 2010, 03:40:34 PM »
John, Where were you when you heard, "Och aye, that wee fany, we did away wi' him in last week"? I will avoid it.

How about this, once overheard. A young man in Dundee, as I passed him he put his arm round his girl and said, "Och....see us a rave at yer clump."

I feel that could surely translate across the pond to some black ghetto or other.

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Re: Cato's Grammar Grumble
« Reply #1001 on: February 22, 2010, 05:31:01 PM »
John, Where were you when you heard, "Och aye, that wee fany, we did away wi' him in last week"? I will avoid it.
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Re: Cato's Grammar Grumble
« Reply #1002 on: February 22, 2010, 10:37:10 PM »
Oh, that's a bit unfortunate. Must have been a dubious area....not Morningside!

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Re: Cato's Grammar Grumble
« Reply #1003 on: February 23, 2010, 09:20:05 AM »
Depends on whether they're hanging out together in the board room or the bar room.

Don't think George really cared about board rooms.

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Re: Cato's Grammar Grumble
« Reply #1004 on: February 23, 2010, 09:30:16 AM »
How about elevators?  Just met a chap there by chance this morning . . . .

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Re: Cato's Grammar Grumble
« Reply #1005 on: February 23, 2010, 10:19:39 AM »
How about elevators?  Just met a chap there by chance this morning . . . .

Well, he did say once that if there are two guys in an elevator and one of them farts, everybody knows who did it.

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Re: Cato's Grammar Grumble
« Reply #1006 on: February 23, 2010, 10:20:40 AM »
I don't like stereotypes, especially racial stereotypes.

Just sayin' ...

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Re: Cato's Grammar Grumble
« Reply #1007 on: February 23, 2010, 12:25:02 PM »
I don't like stereotypes, especially racial stereotypes.

Just sayin' ...
But George (Carlin) did...at least enough to tell jokes that relied on them.

Just sayin'....
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« Reply #1008 on: February 23, 2010, 12:33:21 PM »
But George (Carlin) did...at least enough to tell jokes that relied on them.

Just sayin'....

To say nothing of Richard Pryor (e.g.).

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Re: Cato's Grammar Grumble
« Reply #1009 on: February 23, 2010, 12:40:31 PM »
I have understood the humor of Richard Pryor and George Carlin to be exposing the flaws of stereotyping, not endorsements of it.

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Re: Cato's Grammar Grumble
« Reply #1010 on: February 23, 2010, 12:55:45 PM »
Very good.

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Re: Cato's Grammar Grumble
« Reply #1011 on: February 23, 2010, 01:15:48 PM »
I have understood the humor of Richard Pryor and George Carlin to be exposing the flaws of stereotyping, not endorsements of it.
See the Carlin observation cited above.
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Re: Cato's Grammar Grumble
« Reply #1012 on: March 03, 2010, 08:49:53 PM »
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Re: Cato's Grammar Grumble
« Reply #1013 on: March 04, 2010, 02:48:36 AM »
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Re: Cato's Grammar Grumble
« Reply #1014 on: March 04, 2010, 04:30:10 AM »
What the heck do kids these days mean when they use the terms "surreal" and "epic?"
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Re: Cato's Grammar Grumble
« Reply #1015 on: March 04, 2010, 06:44:46 AM »
No knowing, no knowing . . . .

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Re: Cato's Grammar Grumble
« Reply #1016 on: March 04, 2010, 09:51:14 AM »
What the heck do kids these days mean when they use the terms "surreal" and "epic?"

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Re: Cato's Grammar Grumble
« Reply #1017 on: March 04, 2010, 01:53:45 PM »
What the heck do kids these days mean when they use the terms "surreal" and "epic?"
I can't say with certainty, but when I am left baffled by the alternative English of my younger students ("clueless," as it were), I turn for help to www.urbandictionary.com.   I recently had recourse to urbandictionary to decipher "epic fail", and found this:
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3.    Epic Fail    1175 up, 102 down

Epic- Anything great, spectacular, or large/monumental in nature

Fail- An inability to complete an objective, task or job either assigned or volunteered for.

Epic Fail -A mistake of such monumental proportions that it requires its own term in order to sucessfully point out the unfathomable shortcomings of an individual or group.

Jack: Uh, dude? I may or may not have wrecked 14 ferrari's with my moped after derailing a whole train carrying nothing but kittens and puppies...

Jim: Epic Fail, Man. EPIC Fail.

by Operative 668 Mar 24, 2008

Under "surreal," I prefer this definition:

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Popular usage has transformed the word "surreal" into litle more than a synonym for "weird", and so rendered it useless. I'll use "surrealistic" if a film (or any work of art) exhibits mannered mimicking of superficial aspects of the visual style of the original Surrealists between the wars (commonly, cribs from Dali, Magritte, Chirico, Bunuel or Cocteau). In all other cases I prefer more specific terms, like "dreamlike", "Nightmarish" or "Bunuelesque". I'd reserve "surrealist" for the output of members of recognized Surrealist groups.
Everything is so surreal.
by elag Mar 5, 2004

Urbandictionary appears to be a highly democratic and participative endeavor.  People submit definitions, and the definitions are listed in order of the number of "thumbs up" votes received from readers.  There was a definition of "epic"  that I particularly liked, but printing it here would probably violate some "family and workplace friendly" requirement of the forum.  ;D

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Re: Cato's Grammar Grumble
« Reply #1018 on: March 04, 2010, 01:55:08 PM »
Epic: everything pertaining to greatness! :3

http://images.google.com/images?source=hp&q=epic&gbv=2&aq=f&aqi=&oq=

Edit: it seems that some weird porn got past Google's moderate content filter. I guess they're not sufficiently interested in epic things to check the keyword for content :(
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Re: Cato's Grammar Grumble
« Reply #1019 on: March 04, 2010, 02:37:00 PM »
Edit: it seems that some weird porn got past Google's moderate content filter. I guess they're not sufficiently interested in epic things to check the keyword for content :(
You're thinking of the picture titled Balkan Erotic, right? It's not porn but performance/short film with full title Balkan Erotic Epic (that's why it got caught in your epic search) by rather well known performance artist Marina Abramović

unrelated to that, this one had me in stitches: