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Language Questions / Re: ---- it was not much south of three
« Last post by Darryl on Today at 07:24:14 am »
I have heard similar expressions referring to time. Not much south of three would a bit before three o'šlock.  Perhaps it comes from the minute hand of the clock approaching the top of the hour, but is still some way 'south'. 
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Language Questions / ---- it was not much south of three
« Last post by t k on Today at 03:09:52 am »
When he arrived downtown it was not much south of three and Anthroresearch Associates was in an uproar.  (from V. by Thomas Pynchon; a larger context is here; use ctrl-f to locate the sentence)

Please explain it was not much south of three.  I thought that it might mean "it was not much past three".  Thanks.  --- tk
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Language Questions / Re: ---- bursting straight skirts of the Street
« Last post by admin on February 19, 2018, 09:40:09 am »
over-spilling the edges of the road
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Language Questions / Re: with which to
« Last post by Darryl on February 19, 2018, 09:23:58 am »
On first reading, 'with which to prove' sounded a bit odd. After some reflection I agree it would work OK.  :)
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Language Questions / ---- bursting straight skirts of the Street
« Last post by t k on February 19, 2018, 05:42:31 am »
Dedicated to the duck's-ass heads and bursting straight skirts of the Street.  (from V. by Thomas Pynchon; a larger context is here; use ctrl-f to locate the sentence)

Please explain bursting straight skirts of the Street.  Thanks.  --- tk
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Language Questions / ---- horizontal
« Last post by t k on February 19, 2018, 05:31:24 am »
"Slab and you were -" kicking a tire - "horizontal once."  (from V. by Thomas Pynchon; a larger context is here; use ctrl-f to locate the sentence)

Please explain horizontal.  Thanks.  --- tk
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Language Questions / Re: the way it is
« Last post by beautyhero922 on February 19, 2018, 01:04:59 am »
Thank you for your explanation, Darryl.
Now everything is clear.

GrayMan
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Language Questions / Re: too many cookies
« Last post by admin on February 18, 2018, 12:37:34 pm »
Watching too many movies will/may stop you enjoying them.
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Language Questions / Re: with which to
« Last post by admin on February 18, 2018, 12:36:02 pm »
I agree with Darryl: but I do think your original #4 is also OK
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Language Questions / Re: the way it is
« Last post by Darryl on February 18, 2018, 09:28:32 am »
The sentence is implying that the modern world is a difficult place to live. You need some skills to deal with the pressures and influences (the 'way it is' ) of the world today.
There is also a sense of resignation to the fact that you can't change it. That's the way it is - deal with it.
You could probably paraphrase by saying:
He taught me how to live in today's world.
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