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Discussion in 'Linguistics' started by visceral_instinct, Aug 2, 2009.

  1. DrKrettin Registered Senior Member

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    I've just watched Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice, and Shylock says:

    If a Jew wrong a Christian,
    what is his humility? Revenge. If a Christian
    wrong a Jew, what should his sufferance be by
    Christian example? Why, revenge. The villany you
    teach me, I will execute, and it shall go hard but I
    will better the instruction.

    And later, Jessica says:

    If law, authority and power deny not,
    It will go hard with poor Antonio.
     
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  3. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    That's a good example of a slang term. I've never heard it before but it makes obvious sense.
     
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  5. geordief Registered Senior Member

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    Looks like it is more like an ancient usage than slang . (a "kenning" )
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_kennings

    From the Norse dialect originally apparently,perhaps just used in epic narratives ,I might guess.
     
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  7. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

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    That goes back many centuries. I haven't ever seen or heard it used. I just think it's cute, so I'm giving it a chance for a resurrection.

    It was never slang back then, just a descriptive name for the place where whales could be seen.
     
  8. wegs Matter & Pixie Dust Valued Senior Member

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    lol I've been known to drop the 'f' bomb before.

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    It seems to be the only fitting word if you're really angry.
     
  9. StrangerInAStrangeLa SubQuantum Mechanic Valued Senior Member

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  11. exchemist Valued Senior Member

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    "More Harpo than Karl".

    Used of far-left politicians screwing up, e.g. Jeremy Corbyn.
     
  12. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

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    This should be explained to our members who are not Americans.

    Karl Marx (1818-1883) was a 19th-century German philosopher who is generally regarded as the founder of communism. In fact, communism is still sometimes called "Marxism."

    Harpo Marx (real name "Arthur") 1888-1964, on the other hand, was an American comedian. His brothers and he, known professionally as the Marx Brothers, were a comedy team who made many comedy movies--mostly of the slapstick kind (physical humor rather than words) and were extremely popular.

    Arthur was a musician who played the harp, and before long he adopted the name "Harpo." In the group's movies and TV shows, there was always an interlude during which he played his harp--very well.

    Harpo was probably the least crazy of the family--and surely the sweetest. When someone asked him why he and his wife had built an enormous house, he said, "I’d like to adopt as many children as I have windows in my house. So when I leave for work, I want a kid in every window, waving goodbye."

    Groucho (Julius Henry) Marx (1890-1997) was the most successful and best-known of the family. Long after the family stopped working together in movies (slapstick is very hard work), Groucho had a long career as the M.C. on a quiz show called "You Bet Your Life." It started out on radio, then switched to television when TV was invented.

    Not to ignore Karl Marx, he is still well-known as the father of communism.
     
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  13. exchemist Valued Senior Member

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    Good explanation, though I think I would quibble with the characterisation of the Marx Bros's humour as non-verbal. What about the insanity clause? Or this exchange:


    They seemed very fond of taking the p1ss out of pompous Germanic types. I wonder why that would be....if one was Jewish...in the 1930s.......

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  14. geordief Registered Senior Member

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    If sound came in in 1927 and the Marx bros were from 1905 -1949 their first films had to be silent movies and they must have been successful in making the transition (not all did).

    One of them , Harpo dug his heels in and did not even speak when offered the opportunity

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    There is also the expression " John Lennon rather than Lenin"
     
  15. StrangerInAStrangeLa SubQuantum Mechanic Valued Senior Member

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    I would never join a club that would accept me.

    I shot an elephant in my pajamas. I don't know how that elephant got into my pajamas.

    Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.

    Groucho Marx 1890 - 1977


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  16. StrangerInAStrangeLa SubQuantum Mechanic Valued Senior Member

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    Aussie Kiss - Similar to a French kiss but given down under

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  17. geordief Registered Senior Member

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    No doubt how great they were.(eyewateringly great)
     
  18. StrangerInAStrangeLa SubQuantum Mechanic Valued Senior Member

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    Booge = someone who is cheap or miserly

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  19. StrangerInAStrangeLa SubQuantum Mechanic Valued Senior Member

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    Bitch Stare = an intimidating look given by girls to other girls

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  20. StrangerInAStrangeLa SubQuantum Mechanic Valued Senior Member

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    Turned up = A state of altered consciousness induced by alcohol or narcotics, also being happy and excited and energetic! And/or having fun.

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  21. StrangerInAStrangeLa SubQuantum Mechanic Valued Senior Member

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    GOAT = greatest of all time

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  22. StrangerInAStrangeLa SubQuantum Mechanic Valued Senior Member

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    Fam = a teenager's close friends

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  23. StrangerInAStrangeLa SubQuantum Mechanic Valued Senior Member

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    OOTD - outfit of the day

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